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Week 1 Topic - DAY AND NIGHT

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Week 1 Topic - DAY AND NIGHT

Postby Deb Porter » Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:53 pm

Welcome back, Challengeers! Hope you had a good break over the last few weeks, but the holiday is over. Time for another ten weeks of writing fun, and our first topic for this quarter is:

DAY AND NIGHT
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As always, you don’t need to use the words "day and night" in your entry. However, the topic does need to be the central focus of your entry. You can do with it whatever you want--literal, symbolic, whatever. Any genre; any style, but you do need to write more than 150 words and less than 750 (for our new Challengeers).

Best advice is to have fun with the topic and enjoy yourself. Enjoy the creativity process and feel free to chat about the topic here.

Surprise us! I can't wait to see what you create!

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Re: Week 1 Topic - DAY AND NIGHT

Postby itsjoanne » Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:05 pm

Just wanna confirm, Deb - it's day AND night? So the entry can't be only about night, or only about day. Right?

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Re: Week 1 Topic - DAY AND NIGHT

Postby Deb Porter » Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:27 pm

That's right, Jo. It's both day and night. This quarter will be all about things that go together (oops ... did I just say that?) Image

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Re: Week 1 Topic - DAY AND NIGHT

Postby Anja » Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:38 pm

Like pen and paper? And pork and beans?

I feel like a newby.
Had several ideas roaming around in my head today, and feel none of them meet the mark. :roll:
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Re: Week 1 Topic - DAY AND NIGHT

Postby Deb Porter » Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:50 am

Plenty of time, Ann. Keep playing with them. :D

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Re: Week 1 Topic - DAY AND NIGHT

Postby rcthebanditqueen » Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:06 am

I am going to try to screw up my courage and enter with one of my credits...said while shaking in my boots... :sofa

Would there be any place in the forum that I might read tips on editing short pieces? I.E., last night I scribbled out a little piece that popped into my head that seemed to fit the topic. It came out around 950 words, which SHOCKED me because I have NEVER been able to write such a short story before. :superhappy But I have some trimming to do to get the word count. How do you know what to cut?

Another question...I am wondering if there's advice anywhere on techniques for showing the connection to the topic. Like, I may think it relates, but how do I know the judges will see it too?

Thanks! :bow

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Re: Week 1 Topic - DAY AND NIGHT

Postby glorybee » Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:57 pm

Here's a lesson on tight writing that may help with some of your editing questions:

viewtopic.php?f=67&t=37453

And another one on self-editing:

viewtopic.php?f=67&t=38143

Here's one for writing on topic:

viewtopic.php?f=67&t=29668

And another one (more recent, but with some overlapping material):

viewtopic.php?f=67&t=37777
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Re: Week 1 Topic - DAY AND NIGHT

Postby rcthebanditqueen » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:25 pm

glorybee wrote:Here's a lesson on tight writing that may help with some of your editing questions:

viewtopic.php?f=67&t=37453

And another one on self-editing:

viewtopic.php?f=67&t=38143

Here's one for writing on topic:

viewtopic.php?f=67&t=29668

And another one (more recent, but with some overlapping material):

viewtopic.php?f=67&t=37777


Thank you!

I am having trouble understanding though. Reading the thread about being on topic, it sounded as if the piece we write is supposed to be very literal as far as the topic.

But up there, Deb said symbolic was ok. That would seem to infer that a piece about, for instance, stark contrast of something (i.e., a difference as sharp as day and night) might be ok (to use an example related to this current topic).

And in the previous thread about topic, there was the part about how the piece has to fit not only the week's topic, but the overall quarter theme. How do we know what that is?

Hoping somebody can help me understand. :?

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Re: Week 1 Topic - DAY AND NIGHT

Postby glorybee » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:41 pm

I'm sorry that you have that impression; it's not what I intended to convey. You can write about a literal day and night or a metaphorical day and night, as long as the concepts of day and night are integral to the piece. That doesn't mean that you have to mention the actual words "day and night" in every paragraph (or even at all)--just as long as the piece relies on those concepts.

The quarterly themes used to be something that we had to figure out as the 10 weeks went by. That was the case when I first wrote about writing on topic, but Deb has moved to something different now--some quarters will have themes, and some will not, but when they do, she'll let us know. This quarter will be a [blank] AND [blank] quarter (like "day AND night").

If you go with two concepts that have a strong contrast--a metaphorical interpretation of day and night--just be sure that your metaphor is clear to the reader, and that it couldn't equally apply to, for example, "black and white" or other strongly contrasting pairs. It should be clear that you're making a "day and night" metaphor.
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Re: Week 1 Topic - DAY AND NIGHT

Postby rcthebanditqueen » Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:58 pm

Thank you! That helps me understand. :)

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Re: Week 1 Topic - DAY AND NIGHT

Postby Anja » Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:12 pm

If it's any consolation to the newbies, after 9 years at FW and submitting probably close to 200 entries, I second guess myself ALL the time. Is it too subtle and obscure? Too obvious? I constantly struggle with "clever" and out-of-the box versus "Yeah, we all saw that coming. Yawn."

It's enough to paralyze my muse altogether.
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Re: Week 1 Topic - DAY AND NIGHT

Postby Allison » Fri Jul 25, 2014 4:39 pm

Anja wrote:If it's any consolation to the newbies, after 9 years at FW and submitting probably close to 200 entries, I second guess myself ALL the time. Is it too subtle and obscure? Too obvious? I constantly struggle with "clever" and out-of-the box versus "Yeah, we all saw that coming. Yawn."

It's enough to paralyze my muse altogether.


Same here! I've been entering for about the same time, and have submitted about the same number and still have that issue! Not to discourage you to say it doesn't go away, but to just say "you're not alone" and "Yep. Even the 'Old-timers'" struggle with entries sometimes.
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