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SGInc Story Workshop 1.7 now on!

24 Dec 2005 08:56 #3932 by admin
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Announcing the SGInc Story Workshop 1.7

Topic (as chosen by Helix111, author of the most popular entry to SGInc Workshop 1.6) : Sibling Rivalry
Word Limit: None
Deadline for entries: 28th February 2006

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03 Jan 2006 01:33 #3987 by argonaut
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Okay, I realize this may be premature ... but I'd like to suggest that whoever gets to pick the theme for the next workshop [1.8] might consider letting it be wide open.

One author I correspond with feels that the workshops are diverting some established writers from their personal projects; and another tells me he'll be sitting out the next few workshops so that he can work on a saga he started way back when.

My idea is that established writers would be encouraged to work on their own projects. Conceptfan could write the next chapter of "Empress Ria" or "Milena's Diary"; Ultragirl could continue her "Walking Tall" story; Ace could finish "Turnabout is Fair Play," etc. Or you could write that story you've had in mind for months now, but that hasn't "fit" any of the workshop themes.

And as an incentive for first-time writers to take the plunge, maybe "freshman stories" ONLY could be listed in the poll. (Although I'm impressed at the quality of many of the stories submitted by new writers over the past year -- and at how well many of them have done in the polls!)

What do other SWManiacs think?

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03 Jan 2006 12:00 #3989 by marknew742
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I agree with Argo's sentiments but not his suggestions.

I enjoy writing stories to the topic suggestions. Sure, sometimes it involves twisting things a bit, but that is part of the fun of assignments and limitations on form. And yes, it does distract me from my other projects, but when those projects (or real life) are too pressing, I will sacrifice a workshop or too. That's my choice.

Also, I'm all for encouraging new writers. I try to do it in my reviews of the workshops. But part of the fun for me is voting and being voted on. I'd be a bit less likely to participate without the competition part of it.

So although I'm all for innovations (and I think the 1,000 word story was a great innovation) I'm against these suggestions.

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07 Jan 2006 11:53 #4044 by helix111
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I think having a wide open workshop defeats the point of the workshops. If writers don't want to enter so they can concentrate on other projects, then that's quite alright.

As for attracting new authors, I can think of two reasons why they may be discouraged.

Firstly, the competition. "When there are so many good writers out there, what chance have I got of winning?" :(

Secondly, the formats are difficult. The 1.x workshop entries can be massive, and well beyond a first time writer's abilities. The 2.x workshops are , IMO, more difficult due to the tight word limit.



If we really want to attract new writers, I think we should reconsider the "Newbie Workshop" that I proposed a couple of months ago:

1. New writers only. Would probably need to refine this rule slightly so that a "new writer" is someone who has entered no more than 3 previous workshops.

2. Moderate word limit. About 5000 words prevents epic entries but it not as restrictive as the short-story workshop.

3. Flexible but definite themes. So new writers have some guidance but don't feel like they're in a straight-jacket.

Anyway, that my 2 cents

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07 Jan 2006 23:54 #4048 by conceptfan
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I think the voting in recent workshops has shown that "newbies" can more than hold their own again "more established" writers. :)

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08 Jan 2006 01:38 #4050 by argonaut
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Thank you! That's what I keep saying! :roll:

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30 Jan 2006 11:06 #4307 by helix111
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Anyway, is anyone else going to write something for this? I've just started an entry, but given the deadlines in a month, it'll have to be a short offering. What about other people?

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30 Jan 2006 16:42 #4309 by argonaut
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I've got a story outlined, a couple of scenes written. February will be a busy month for me, but i'll try to have the story ready by the deadline.

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30 Jan 2006 21:59 #4311 by xoronewithnature
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I've got about 7000 words I could turn in and call done. Maybe in the next month it'll grow a little more...

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31 Jan 2006 17:49 #4326 by julievelor
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Does it really have to be siblings? I've got some stuff involving a pair of cousins. Not to mention some mother/daughter stuff.

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27 Feb 2006 15:33 #4672 by lfan
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Head count? Deadline is tomorrow officially, so who's in? AK, sorry for the delayed response, but if it means another story, I'm sure no one would object to "cousin rivalry" (if if they do, tough!)

I plan to probably rehash a collaborative story for the workshop...who else?

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Does it really have to be siblings? I've got some stuff involving a pair of cousins. Not to mention some mother/daughter stuff.

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27 Feb 2006 15:36 #4673 by marknew742
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Not me this time. Too busy. But I promise to read and comment. Good luck all.

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27 Feb 2006 16:46 #4676 by argonaut
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Me, too. :( But I'll try to submit a short "off topic" story later this week.

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27 Feb 2006 17:30 #4681 by conceptfan
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Marknew, Argo. Shame on you!! How could you not take part? How do you guys even sleep at night?
Oh, and, um, I'm going to sit this one out too. Sorry. :(

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27 Feb 2006 18:16 #4683 by brantley
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Well, I'm in. But only because of a typo. Or maybe it was a Freudian slip.

Velvet had checked out of a review of a futuristic romance in which Australia is once again a penal colony. Only the review called in a "penile colony."

Naturally, I thought of Franz Kafka's horror story. "In the Penal Colony." And when I glanced at the first line of that story -- "It's quite a remarkable piece of apparatus" -- I realized that the reference to a bizarre execution device could have an entirely different meaning in a story called "In the Penile Colony."

Besides providing somethiing for the workshop, it serves a few additional functions, such as bad double-entendres and in jokes, a veiled alllusion to Cordwainer Smith. and making Aram Khachaturian as well as Kafka spin in his grave.

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27 Feb 2006 20:22 #4686 by argonaut
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Oh, and, um, I'm going to sit this one out too. Sorry. :(


's okay, conceptfan. I doubt that your record of participating in nine consecutive workshops will ever be broken.

You're forgiven -- as long as you've been using the time to update "Empress Ria" ... or "Milena's Diary" ... or "The Super Models" ...

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27 Feb 2006 21:07 #4688 by WhitePaw
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Alright, fine. I'm WAY out of my weight class here. But I'll wrap up an entry by tomorrow--even if just to make y'all long-story bruisers look good. Say 30 to 50 thousand words be enough?

Do the siblings have to be related? I'll just leave that one open: won't say if they are or aren't. They'll share a couple'a bedrooms between the four of 'em--all I'll say.

Wuv,
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"Playing ball with your friend goes better when you use a ball."

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28 Feb 2006 01:41 #4690 by ace191
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Well, things have been a little up in the air around here lately, but I did get the XMAS tree down Saturday. The weather hasn’t been cooperating either as it was a sunny 82 degrees at my house on Saturday.

I haven’t been a total goof-off this month as I have 2/3 of Chapter 11 of Turnabout completed. Will try to push the bills and tax forms off the scanner and submit another update to Ace’s Place.

I do have a story plotted for the upcoming short contest and I will get back in the game at that time.

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28 Feb 2006 05:55 #4694 by WhitePaw
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<Splork!>

Ok, that's one WHALE hauled in for ya: 75 pages, (33 thousand words and then some if you think I'm padding double space on ya), all in to Addy by the deadline, all steaming fresh since the kickoff of the workshop and re-edited for SWM.

Hope you're hungry. Who's bringing the side dishes? :P

Yeah yeah, I know. It ain't 50,000 words, but I've a rep to keep as a SHORT story writer. Gotta keep it tight. :roll:

See you at the judges table.

Bring a bib.

Wuv,
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28 Feb 2006 06:08 #4695 by YAGS
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I'm out. No surprise there, since I haven't actually entered a workshop yet. At least I did write one story that's posted in the SWM archive, so I'm not a complete slacker.

I'm surprised at how many of the "regulars" are sitting this one out, actually. If I had another month, I'd love to jump into this theme. There are plenty of possibilities there.

I do seem to have the writing bug again, for now, anyway. Just this week, I finally finished the first story I ever started writing, after nearly 2 years. It's not superwoman themed, though, so don't get excited, unless you're into the giantess theme, also.

So now that I'm feeling motivated about writing, and that project's behind me, I'm ready to start writing something new. I'll think about workshop 2.4's theme. If I can't come up with anything, maybe I'll wait and see what the theme is for workshop 1.8.

YAGS

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