At 1/30/12 10:36 AM, Coop wrote:
At 1/28/12 10:28 PM, Sharu wrote:
I think that with the core of solid writiers that we're developing now, we may need to look at relaunching the Monthly Writing Contests. We need some inspiration, a good committed panel of judges and some ways of getting publicity for it.
At 1/10/12 06:10 PM, DeftAndEvil wrote:
I'm sad to say that I won't be continuing the Weekly Writing Exercises; no one participated in the last one.I'm sorry that you're dropping the exercises, though I understand why. I was honestly, and pleasantly, surprised when you did start them.
The issue with the MWC is lack of planning. Since it was so spurious, there was not only difficulty in consistently creating appealing prompts, there was also the issue of having quality, dependable judges. If the writers are confident in the competence of the judges, they won't have an issue being judged, as they know it'll be fair.
I think the best bet for MWC's continued success is to divide it into "seasons." Each season should have a committed panel of judges, and an ongoing relevence/connectivity. This would allow the writers to serialize, and instead of focusing on new, unique content, they can focus on aspects of what they've written.
For example, Season 1 could open with introducing characters, follow up with foreshadowing, then dialog, and onwards. After a set amount of prompts, the season could finish off with completing promises/chekov's gun, and completing character arcs.
Or each season could focus on a particular aspect (such as characterization, plotting, narrative...). The example given, however, would more than likely attract more writers as they can always plug in when their area of weakness comes up. The prompt could even be pieces of a story, and the writers need to use their creativity to put it all together. I'm pretty sure minimizing the amount of time creating, and increasing the amount of time building, would be allow more writers to check in, learn the lesson, compete with other writers, and grow while having fun.
To also play devil's advocate, I think this idea defeats the purpose of an MWC as we're moving from a writing contest, to a writing workshop. Would be cool though to have weekly updates, with the last week of the month being the week of the competition.
After next Tuesday, if the lit portal is opened up, I think this would become very useful and attractive in making the portal accessible. There's going to be a ton of influx, and a ton of contributors who would find writing a more desirable alternative to contributing to the website. While it won't curb shitty entries, it'll at least give a tool to refer those that want to actually improve (i.e. "Weak plot, check out MWC 1.7 and 2.4 to improve your understanding of character motivation").