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Challenge: Write a Short Story in a Week

Discussion in 'Writers' Room' started by Summerflyte, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Summerflyte

    Summerflyte Active Member

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    This is a challenge for all the writers out there. I propose a challenge whereby members choose ten random words - which members will submit one week before the challenge starts - for the purpose of writing a short story (minimum 5,000 words up to a maximum of 10,000 words), to do with as you will. You may post your short stories for feedback and critique's from other members of the forum. :popcorn:

    You must have:
    Title:
    Author name or handle:
    Genre of story:
    Random words used:
    Word Count: (minimum 5,000 words up to a maximum of 10,000 words)

    listed at the top of your post if you wish other members to critique it.

    If you critique any of the stories that get posted, note that they will all be rough drafts and in need of serious work to be published - so don't be too harsh. :love:

    This is a fun exercise, don't take it seriously.:lol: There is no obligation to join this thread. I do ask that at least a few members submit their stories for review, to give members practice at critiquing other stories and also receiving critiques.

    The Random words will be chosen from the first ten members to offer their random words, to make it fair, only one random word from each of the first ten members will make it onto the list.

    I am now taking suggestions for Random Words (please make them Challenging). The challenge starts Saturday, so get your random words in before then.

    The purpose of this challenge is to get those creative juices flowing, stuck in a rut? Got writer's block? Procrastinating? Then, this challenge is for you. Kick start your imagination and get writing. :D

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    sparkchaser Administrator and Stuntman Staff Member

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    Who picks the random words?
     
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    Summerflyte Active Member

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    Fellow members, the first ten to post. One word will be chosen from random from each member...:)
     
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    sparkchaser Administrator and Stuntman Staff Member

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    My words:

    cromulent
    embiggens
    huderon
    aquablue



    Use them. Or else. Muahahahahahaha.
     
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    Please write the definition of your words so that it may be used in the correct context.

    The random word chosen from Sparkchaser is cromulent Homer Simpson would be proud :lol:
     
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    Finnimbrun - A trinket or knick-knack

    autolatry - the worship of one's self

    bombilate - to loudly hum or buzz continuously

    gongoozler - an idle spectator

    pyknic (for that pun you can see coming) - short and fat

    flibbertigibbet - an overly silly person

    Blandiose - Adjective describing something that wants to be grand (or has pretentious grandeur) but is only bland.

    Bogglish - To be uncertain, doubtful or a wee bit skittish about something

    widdershins - anticlockwise

    deasil - clockwise
     
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    Summerflyte Active Member

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    So many good words to choose from Sparhawk's word is deasil. Thanks for joining in.

    Only 8 more Random words to go before we start the challenge on Saturday.

    If there are not enough random words, we'll go back to the start and go through the list until we have 10.

    Good luck everyone!:)
     
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    antidisestablishmentarian - A person opposed to the separation of church and state.

    otiose - Serving no practical purpose or result

    bloviate - To discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner

    synecdoche - a figure of speech in which a term for a part of something is used to refer to the whole of something, or vice-versa

    perspicuous - Clearly expressed or presented; easy to understand

    metonymy - Reference to something or someone by naming one of its attributes. (Ex. The pen is mightier than the sword.)

    persiflage - a frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject.
     
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    LOL Google is a wonderful thing. :)
     
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    Thanks Peder definitely challenging words, Peder's word is persiflage.

    Random words so far :
    1. cromulent
    2. deasil
    3. persiflage

    Only 7 random words remaining, make sure you get your favorite words in

    Thanks for participating, Peder.
     
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    According to my clock it is 12:22am Saturday. So does the challenge start now?
    Yes. The random words are:
    1. cromulent - Dictionary.com defines it as meaning fine or acceptable.
    2. deasil - clockwise.
    3. persiflage - a frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject.
    4. huderon - Scot.(?) obs. lazy {or slovenly, according to Jamieson}
    5. bombilate - to loudly hum or buzz continuously.
    6. synecdoche - a figure of speech in which a term for a part of something is used to refer to the whole of something, or vice-versa.
    7. embiggen - The literal meaning of embiggen is to make something larger.
    8. autolatry - the worship of one's self.
    9. otiose - Serving no practical purpose or result, and finally,
    10. widdershins - anticlockwise. Just because I like the 'witchy' theme.

    Special thanks to Sparkchaser, Sparhawk and Peder who contributed. All your words were challenging.

    All members now have one week in which to write a short story that contains all the RANDOM words on the list, you don't have to use them in order, so long as you use them ALL.

    See you all next during the week for cheering others on, and to see how you are all progressing in the challenge. Good Luck people
    :lol:
     
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    Peder Well-Known Member

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    There was a huderon man from the orient,
    Otiose but feeling especially cromulent,
    Who, turning widershins left
    And deasil right,
    Spoke persiflage with no idea what he meant.

    Six.
     
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    Many thanks!

    With that for encouragement -- it doesn't take much -- maybe a sonnet next, with more room for ten words. :devil2:
     
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    Sounds good to me, just don't forget about the short story (5,000 - 10,000 words).

    Are any members even participating in this challenge or is it just me, the closet writer? :lol:
     
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    Truth be told, short stories are not me, or long stories either.
    Poetry at most, and doggerel sometimes. :whistling:
    But I hope some others have taken you up on your challenge.
    Best of wishes.
    Peder
    :flowers:
     
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    No you are not the only one. I am also busy writing a story. I just hope that A. I finish it in time and B. It is long enough. :lol:
     
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    By some one else who shall remain anonymous:

    'Tis customary to circumambulate
    deasil 'round the chantry
    widdershins is more chancy
    and will not embiggen
    one's luck.
    Unless one is huderon
    and merely thinks it otiose,
    to bombilate one's persiflage
    of the ancient rite
    is neither wise
    nor cromulent.
    If I practice autolatry
    shall I turn about myself?
    Feet entangled I fall
    into a synecdoche
    of myself.
     
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    Good one, Sparhawk! :lol:
    Excellent!
    :flowers:
     
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    thanks I'll pass it along
     

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