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Page Turner 2009 Roll Call

Discussion for Platinum members about the current Page Turner Writing Contest

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Are you entering?

Poll ended at Tue Jul 21, 2009 2:52 am

Unless God takes me home first, I'm in!
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48%
Probably, so long as my first chapter doesn't stink on ice.
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Maybe, if God strikes me with a workable idea before then.
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Probably not; fiction isn't my forte.
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No, unless God uses tablets of stone to command me to enter.
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Total votes : 29

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Postby Deb Porter » Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:52 pm

itsjoanne wrote:But DDEEEBBBBB!!! I NEED that deadline!!!!! I MAY just pretend you didn't say that. Lalalala la LAAAALLAAA -I can't HEAR you!! :D


Jo, you are SO funny. :rolling

Okay, there's a deadline JUST for you. I'll get the whip out, so you'd jolly well better get writing NOW ... do you hear me? Get back there and start pounding keys until it hurts. I want pain. Hit the floor and give me 40 paragraphs.

(Happy now?)

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Postby itsjoanne » Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:09 pm

BreathFreshAir wrote:
(Happy now?)


Yup :P

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Postby Deb Porter » Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:21 pm

Very happy to report that the first Page Turner entry file is now sorted out and safely tucked away in my files (and on external hard drive as well--just in case). Phew.

So one in ... and just over nine months to go.

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Postby violin4jesus » Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:05 am

I put in my vote earlier, but didn't add a note....I plan to enter and work on the novel I started during NaNo....which didn't get past the first few chapters cause I ended up with a boyfriend instead!

But I do have nine months, right? That does make it workable. :)

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Postby itsjoanne » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:12 am

violin4jesus wrote:I put in my vote earlier, but didn't add a note....I plan to enter and work on the novel I started during NaNo....which didn't get past the first few chapters cause I ended up with a boyfriend instead!

But I do have nine months, right? That does make it workable. :)


Ohhh - tough one!

Boyfriend - Book? hehe good thing you can have BOTH! - and ALSO good you don't have to have the whole thing written anyway - just that first polished chapter. TRUST me - when I submitted my entry I truly ONLY had the first chapter written - and look how I did!

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Postby Dee » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:57 pm

I voted probably...I still have to finish my NaNo novel, but it IS nearly all finished. How much do we need to submit? (I'm being lazy here...I could just go read the rules, right? :mrgreen: )

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Postby Deb Porter » Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:58 pm

LOL @ Dee. Yes you could, but I'll tell you. You only need to submit a brief synopsis that gives the planned overview of the story, and the first chapter. If the chapters are very short (about 4 or 5 pages), then you can submit two chapters (trying to be fair). If you have an introduction to the story or prologue, and the chapter won't make any sense without it, then that can be submitted too.

Does that help?

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Postby Dee » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:02 pm

BreathFreshAir wrote:LOL @ Dee. Yes you could, but I'll tell you. You only need to submit a brief synopsis that gives the planned overview of the story, and the first chapter. If the chapters are very short (about 4 or 5 pages), then you can submit two chapters (trying to be fair). If you have an introduction to the story or prologue, and the chapter won't make any sense without it, then that can be submitted too.

Does that help?

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Oh yes, that helps immensely! :hugs2 And it also helps my lazy bones...thanks for being kind! :mrgreen: I think I may be able to enter very soon, in that case. How exciting! :superhappy

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Postby impeej » Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:34 pm

I'll be there! :mrgreen:

(and Joanne, get back to work, girl! Or I'll hafta get out that wet noodle!!) :wink: (and Dee, that goes for you, too, Sweetums!)
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Postby Dee » Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:42 pm

impeej wrote:I'll be there! :mrgreen:

(and Joanne, get back to work, girl! Or I'll hafta get out that wet noodle!!) :wink: (and Dee, that goes for you, too, Sweetums!)
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Yes, Ma'am! Don't want a "wet noodle" floggin', for sure! :shocked

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Postby Kristen Hester » Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:31 pm

A year ago I would have said DEFINITELY. I had been working on a fiction novel and was excited about it. However, after setting it aside for a while, I'm not so thrilled by it any longer. Since I saw the announcement of this year's contest, I've been turning some ideas over in my head when I'm driving (one of the only times I can sit still and just "think.") IF I get an inspiration and WHEN things slow down, I would maybe really love to begin working on something and then, depending on how it goes, enter. Definitely. Maybe. For sure. Perhaps.

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Postby Dee » Sun Jan 25, 2009 6:20 pm

Kristen Hester wrote:A year ago I would have said DEFINITELY. I had been working on a fiction novel and was excited about it. However, after setting it aside for a while, I'm not so thrilled by it any longer. Since I saw the announcement of this year's contest, I've been turning some ideas over in my head when I'm driving (one of the only times I can sit still and just "think.") IF I get an inspiration and WHEN things slow down, I would maybe really love to begin working on something and then, depending on how it goes, enter. Definitely. Maybe. For sure. Perhaps.

Does that answer your question?


:mrgreen: And I'd be in the same boat if I didn't already have my NaNo project sitting here staring at me. Even with that, I'm burning daylight. :roll:

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Postby Debboggy » Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:38 am

The page turner contest has gotten me to return to my now two year old NaNo novel, thinking...maybe...I have over 50,000 words on it, but the first chapter isn't exactly my favorite part. In fact, it was the most complicated and hardest part of the whole thing. The idea of submitting it alone with a synopsis has made me really look at it from a readers perspective and question whether it would keep me reading or not, so that in itself is a good thing.

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Postby Deb Porter » Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:47 am

I just LOVE the Page Turner contest. Anything that stirs people to write that novel, or dig out an old one and re-work it, is a great thing. When I read posts like Debboggy's, it absolutely tickles me pink. :D

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Postby ThreeDee » Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:58 am

Here's a question.... do you think it's more important to have a killer first chapter (and hopefully the rest of the novel is good too) or have a well written proposal, etc.?

Do I need to work more on my marketing skills to get published and win contests? Or can I just rely on my writing skills (assuming I have them :wink: )

What do y'all think?

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