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Discussion for Platinum members about the current Page Turner Writing Contest

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Postby RedBaron » Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:46 pm

Hehe -thanks, Deb. Good to know I wasn't the only one wondering :)
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Postby Deb Porter » Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:52 pm

LOL ... no, you weren't alone. :D

But you were the one that made me think, "Hmmm ... if Shari thought that, I wonder how many others may have thought the same thing?"

I'll expect a flood of entries now.

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Postby Soren2007 » Thu May 03, 2007 9:02 pm

I'm done with the exception of one sentence. It's my favorite individual sentence in the entire chapter and I just realized that it makes no sense at all and must be changed or deleted. I can't figure out how to change it. It's important for something else; so I can't delete it without fixing it into other parts. Ugh. I've read about this; having that one piece you love so much and having to possess the discipline to rip it out, because the work isn't about you as a writer. This lesson is tough! One sentence to go and I'll send it in. May take until 6/30, but one sentence!
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Postby Deb Porter » Thu May 03, 2007 9:47 pm

Wow. That's what I call crafting your work.

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Postby ScarletFury » Tue Jun 05, 2007 4:54 pm

Glad I popped in here and found this thread. I just may be able to enter after all...better get writing!
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Postby Deb Porter » Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:49 am

Yes, Lynda is right. This year is fiction.

Next year will be non-fiction, but even so, the Page Turner contest probably won't work terribly well with individual devotions/stories. That's because the first chapter has to be something that really grabs the reader and makes them want to keep reading. So if each chapter was a stand-alone story or devotion, that may be a bit harder to judge.

But this year is definitely fiction.

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Postby DMarie84 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:17 pm

One other question: how long should the chapter be? Or roughly how many words?

I just want to be sure when I get the chapter written it's not too long/too short.
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Postby Vile » Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:30 pm

I'm getting my first draft finished just for the sake of having it done and I can flesh it out later. I just want to have the meat of the story there for editing.

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Postby DMarie84 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:31 pm

So I have finally come up with the story for the page turner contest...now I gotta hurry up and write it! Time is running out quick!! :shock:
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Postby Deb Porter » Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:01 pm

Go for it Dara.

As for length, it doesn't really matter. Just make sure that you set up a good, page-turning first chapter.

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Postby RedBaron » Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:39 am

I have a fairly good outline and a rough draft.... that needs a major overhaul and lengthened quite a bit....

Maybe.... just maybe.....
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Postby write43in1 » Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:47 pm

Hey Dara,

Don't be discouraged. I'm in the same boat. I've had the idea for a while, but not sure if I should "GO FOR IT." Yesterday, I had a slow day at my gift store, so I dove right in and my oldest daughter read it and thought I had a really good start.

Guess I just might get it done. We've still got almost two weeks.

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Postby DMarie84 » Tue Jun 19, 2007 3:27 pm

Thanks! I think I can too :) I just have to actually stop writing a summary for the chapter and just write the chapter itself already. :P
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Postby itsjoanne » Tue Jun 19, 2007 4:48 pm

I am the official cheering section (because I am annoyingly peppy AND because I'm not entering this year because my WIP is non-fiction). So, here I am to do my job.


GOOOOOOOOOOO SHARI!
GOOOOOOOOOOO DARA!
GOOOOOOOOOOO MARTI!

Eleven days to go - you can do it, ladies! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :idea:

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Postby DMarie84 » Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:39 pm

itsjoanne wrote:Eleven days to go - you can do it, ladies! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :idea:


*Gulp* Eleven days?? Oy, I really gotta get going! :!:
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