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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 11th, 2012 @ 11:28 PM Reply

At 10/11/12 05:59 PM, Roxxar wrote:
well, sure. but i mean, like...a saga...or something. like, say you leave your contest story with a cliffhanger...and you want to continue it in the contest thread. would the seperate parts count as well, or will they all just be counted as one big lump post?

or did you mean that?

I think, for the purpose of this contest, you should try and make a self contained story. If you decide to expand upon it further at a later time that's great. However, you are limited to only one entry for this contest, so when you post your story, that should be all of it.


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 13th, 2012 @ 09:40 PM Reply

At 10/11/12 11:28 PM, starwarsjunkie wrote:
I think, for the purpose of this contest, you should try and make a self contained story. If you decide to expand upon it further at a later time that's great. However, you are limited to only one entry for this contest, so when you post your story, that should be all of it.

oh...okay. hmm. thanks.


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 19th, 2012 @ 10:05 AM Reply

Did anyone notice this?

The Halloween Writing Contest is already in progress and we'll toss $25 store credit to the winning entry.

http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/halloween2012

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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 23rd, 2012 @ 10:31 PM Reply

I don't think I'm gonna have mine finished in time! Crunch Time: GO.


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 24th, 2012 @ 07:52 AM Reply

At 10/23/12 10:31 PM, starwarsjunkie wrote: I don't think I'm gonna have mine finished in time! Crunch Time: GO.

I only just figured out the premise for mine yesterday. Unfortunately it's a really good premise so, to indulge my ego, yes, it's going to be amazing.

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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 24th, 2012 @ 10:44 PM Reply

Although this is not a requirement, please aim for a minimum of 750 to 1000 words. The stories submitted thus far have really suffered from the same thing: underdevelopment. 1000 words is definitely enough for a scary story, but every sentence must be top-notch in order for the entire story to be solid and for the tension (and suspense--goddamn! the suspense!) to develop.

I'm aiming for about 2000 words, which is about 4 pages, I think. Good luck to everyone!

(Also, judges, be sure to read and review the stories as they are posted. That way, we can convene November 1, 2, or 3 and discuss the entries and also submit final scores and decide the winners on time. I expect stories to trickle in with most of them being turned in Oct. 30 and 31. I can't see a reason why I shouldn't have my top 10 by November 2, which is a Friday. Results should be posted by November 6 (Tuesday morning), and ideally on Nov. 5. I'll be contacting you guys individually as the month progresses. Lemme know what you guys think.)


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 24th, 2012 @ 10:51 PM Reply

Wait, is there a writing contest for every month/holiday/event?

If so, if there is another October writing contest NEXT year, will it be horror still?


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 24th, 2012 @ 10:59 PM Reply

The sensation of light tickled my face. The beam felt warm and yellow and I supposed the time to be around six oâEUTMclock.

At 10/24/12 10:51 PM, Roxxar wrote: Wait, is there a writing contest for every month/holiday/event?

If so, if there is another October writing contest NEXT year, will it be horror still?

Ideally, there should be one every month, but the contests run purely on hobbyist effort, so it is difficult for all of us to donate free time. Before, there used to be Newgrounds-sponsored writing contest with cash prizes (for Robot Day, Halloween, Madness Day and Pico Day), and Writing Forum-sponsored writing contests with store-credit prizes (November, January, and March), but those have since been discontinued. Depending on the success of this contest, there may be bi-monthly (every other month) writing contests, or even monthly contests.

And yes, horror always has and always will be the theme of October writing contests.


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 24th, 2012 @ 11:02 PM Reply

At 10/24/12 10:59 PM, DeftAndEvil wrote: The sensation of light tickled my face. The beam felt warm and yellow and I supposed the time to be around six oâEUTMclock.

Well, gentlemen, you have been treated to a line from my story by accident. Also, WTF!?!?! I turned off AutoCorrect. Don't tell me I'm gonna have to take them all out individually. Argh!!!!!1!!!!!!11


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 25th, 2012 @ 08:37 AM Reply

At 10/24/12 11:02 PM, DeftAndEvil wrote:
At 10/24/12 10:59 PM, DeftAndEvil wrote: The sensation of light tickled my face. The beam felt warm and yellow and I supposed the time to be around six oÃf¢EUTMclock.
Well, gentlemen, you have been treated to a line from my story by accident. Also, WTF!?!?! I turned off AutoCorrect. Don't tell me I'm gonna have to take them all out individually. Argh!!!!!1!!!!!!11

Curly apostrophe :P Find & Replace.

Also, you're weighing down your metaphor. Take out "The sensation of." I'm sure everyone who would read it knows what you mean. Also, describing the look (yellow) and feel (warm) really close out the metaphor. Pluuuuus, it saves you three words. You're welcome :)

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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 25th, 2012 @ 09:09 PM Reply

At 10/25/12 08:37 AM, Deathcon7 wrote:
Curly apostrophe :P Find & Replace.

Also, you're weighing down your metaphor. Take out "The sensation of." I'm sure everyone who would read it knows what you mean. Also, describing the look (yellow) and feel (warm) really close out the metaphor. Pluuuuus, it saves you three words. You're welcome :)

I figured it out; you have to disable "Replace as you type." Anyway, I'm actually pretty pleased with the progress of my story. It's about a blind guy. Naturally, I'm having some difficulty because all I know about blindness is what I read on Wikipedia and in a book I got at the library. I do have a lot of suspense in it, and hopefully I can cash it in.

I was playing with the thematic ideas of sensation vs. perception, and light vs. dark. Thanks for the advice, though.


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 26th, 2012 @ 12:58 PM Reply

At 10/25/12 09:09 PM, DeftAndEvil wrote: I was playing with the thematic ideas of sensation vs. perception, and light vs. dark. Thanks for the advice, though.

I'll be working on mine this weekend. If you're done within the next couple of days, let me know so we can swap. I'd like to get my story in my Monday. Next week is going to be really busy for me. Gotta prepare for NaNoWriMo -___-

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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 26th, 2012 @ 10:36 PM Reply

Going along with what the first commenter (Labraxadores) said, I don't want the money if I win. (Which is probably a 1 in 0 chance anyway) Donate it to a cancer research center or something.
Anyway, luck to everyone! :D


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 27th, 2012 @ 01:01 AM Reply

Alright, I'm going to drop out of this contest and wait another year. I need to read some stories for experience.


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 27th, 2012 @ 04:29 AM Reply

At 10/26/12 10:36 PM, jennaskook wrote: Going along with what the first commenter (Labraxadores) said, I don't want the money if I win. (Which is probably a 1 in 0 chance anyway) Donate it to a cancer research center or something.
Anyway, luck to everyone! :D

That's pretty confident of you to say, because technically, a 1 in 0 chance of winning means your odds of winning are infinitely high :P

At 10/27/12 01:01 AM, Roxxar wrote: Alright, I'm going to drop out of this contest and wait another year. I need to read some stories for experience.

The best experience you can get is by actually trying to write something and getting feedback on it. I have a friend whom I keep asking to write a story, and he always says he's not good enough yet and is afraid he'd look really bad compared to all the other writers. But the trick is you'll never get good if you just keep waiting until you get better, because you won't improve until you write and so on.

This is what Newgrounds is all about. The inspirational thing about Newgrounds is that you could go visit a famous artist's profile and just see how bad their stuff looked when they were first starting out, and how it slowly became better and better. Like, I just came across Monkokio's profile, who is now making frikking awesome games on PS3 with thatgamecompany.

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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 27th, 2012 @ 05:15 PM Reply

At 10/27/12 04:29 AM, 4urentertainment wrote: The best experience you can get is by actually trying to write something and getting feedback on it. I have a friend whom I keep asking to write a story, and he always says he's not good enough yet and is afraid he'd look really bad compared to all the other writers. But the trick is you'll never get good if you just keep waiting until you get better, because you won't improve until you write and so on.

This is what Newgrounds is all about. The inspirational thing about Newgrounds is that you could go visit a famous artist's profile and just see how bad their stuff looked when they were first starting out, and how it slowly became better and better. Like, I just came across Monkokio's profile, who is now making frikking awesome games on PS3 with thatgamecompany.

Well, ima try then.

How many characters? 7000? Or words? 1000?

Anyways, I'll try to write one. Pretty sure I won't win any prizes, but I'll get SOME experience...maybe.


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 29th, 2012 @ 02:01 AM Reply

I haven't submitted to an MWC in a long while, but I've enjoying popping into the Writing Forum from time-to-time to read through some contests and work-in-processes.

Anyway, I just submitted my entry - so I hope you guys will check it out and enjoy :)

Also, now that I've submitted, I can finally go read the other stories :D


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 29th, 2012 @ 12:11 PM Reply

At 10/29/12 02:01 AM, RapeMuffin wrote: I haven't submitted to an MWC in a long while, but I've enjoying popping into the Writing Forum from time-to-time to read through some contests and work-in-processes.

Anyway, I just submitted my entry - so I hope you guys will check it out and enjoy :)

Also, now that I've submitted, I can finally go read the other stories :D

Oooh, I'm excited you're in!

Last time I read a horror story you wrote I was scared shitless. It was one about this hacker and his girlfriend that turns out to be a robot..or does she? It was such a mindfuck.

Anyway I'm excited.

but also very scared
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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 30th, 2012 @ 10:45 AM Reply

I may give this a shot. I do have an idea. Although a warning that I'm more of a dark fiction writer than a horror writer (I write bad things happening to people, as opposed to things that may scare or horrify people).


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 30th, 2012 @ 03:03 PM Reply

At 10/30/12 10:45 AM, Lost-Chances wrote: I may give this a shot. I do have an idea. Although a warning that I'm more of a dark fiction writer than a horror writer (I write bad things happening to people, as opposed to things that may scare or horrify people).

Good luck. Deadline is tomorrow. :)

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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 30th, 2012 @ 04:23 PM Reply

At 10/30/12 03:03 PM, Deathcon7 wrote:
At 10/30/12 10:45 AM, Lost-Chances wrote: I may give this a shot. I do have an idea. Although a warning that I'm more of a dark fiction writer than a horror writer (I write bad things happening to people, as opposed to things that may scare or horrify people).
Good luck. Deadline is tomorrow. :)

I actually didn't get any work in over the weekend. As usual, I will work on it today, tomorrow, and turn it in tomorrow. I have read all of the entries thus far (except RapeMuffin's four-poster).

And again, as usual, I think the best is yet to come (no offense; in previous entries, most of the best usually came near the end, but I was pleasantly surprised by many of the early entries). I think judges should all make time on Thursday and Friday to read and grade all the entries. Also, I think we should meet up on Saturday (via any option--pm if we have to. Any ideas?) . Can anyone not make it? We should have results posted by November 6, which is a Tuesday, by the latest. Of course that is just an ideal time frame.


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 30th, 2012 @ 04:33 PM Reply

Sounds good to me. I've got everything except RapeMuffin read as well. I should be done with mine by tomorrow night and submitted. If you can, let's try to swap stories. I'm shooting for about 6K words. Preferably I'd like to have at least one beta reader before I submit it.

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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 30th, 2012 @ 05:13 PM Reply

Posted muh story. Not really 'scary' per se, but I think it would fit in the horror genre.


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 30th, 2012 @ 06:07 PM Reply

At 10/29/12 12:11 PM, 4urentertainment wrote: Last time I read a horror story you wrote I was scared shitless. It was one about this hacker and his girlfriend that turns out to be a robot..or does she? It was such a mindfuck.

Wow - you remember that? I'm glad you liked it!

Are you working on a submission for this contest, or are you going to be too wrapped up in running it this time around?


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 01:59 AM Reply

I still have ways to go, but if you need someone to look at your story, you know where to find me.


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 08:52 AM Reply

Well, I've been unable to nudge the writer's block off, so I'll likely be unable to submit anything. I might give it a go when it's technically post-midnight GMT, but I get the feeling it'll be a shambles at best and just missed the deadline at worst.


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 09:20 AM Reply

At 10/30/12 06:07 PM, RapeMuffin wrote: Wow - you remember that? I'm glad you liked it!

Are you working on a submission for this contest, or are you going to be too wrapped up in running it this time around?

I am actually working on a story which I'll try to submit tonight. It's a bit rushed, and I haven't written anything creative since the last MWC, so hopefully it'll get me back in the game even if it's not perfect.

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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 03:11 PM Reply

Welp! I just submitted my story. It's really annoying cuz the story itself doesn't really have any interesting plot or whatnot, but halfway in there I kept getting really good ideas. But meh, maybe next time!

Anyway, even though I'm not officially a judge, I'll be going through, reading all the stories and reviewing them. Sooo keep an eye out for that!

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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 08:09 PM Reply

I posted my story. Can you guys give me opinions or something? I need some experience, whether my story was horror or not(it didn't feel horror to me)


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Response to Mwc12:October: Discussion Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 08:35 PM Reply

At 10/31/12 08:09 PM, Roxxar wrote: I posted my story. Can you guys give me opinions or something? I need some experience, whether my story was horror or not(it didn't feel horror to me)

Never uploaded my file to dropbox... -___-

Procrastination has destroyed me. I'll have to post it late.