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#1 metaldevil

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 04:41 AM

Many thanks to throwingks for this terrific idea. smile.gif

If anyone's familiar with SOTW (sig of the week), then you'll pretty much know how this works. Well, the Lit of the Week (LOTW) will be a weekly contest that we'll hold here in which you have to write something. It can be a short story, a poem (either short like haikus or longer ones like Edgar Allan Poe's poems), or anything else that requires us to write.

In here, you can toss around ideas about what you'd like to see in these contests. For example, what length (number of words) should a short story or poem be, and what subjects we should write about.

I'll stay hot on this so we always keep active. We'll take submissions for one week of a contest and hold a voting period of one week for that contest. At the start of the voting week, we'll start a new contest and so on. That way, it won't be one week writing and one week voting; it'll be every week writing with some voting thrown in. wink.gif


I'm thinking about a short horror story theme to break the ice. Anyone have any other suggestions for the first contest (and future contests)?


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All LOTWs (plus winners):

LOTW #1: Haiku, Freestyle [StrictPuppet]
LOTW #2: Short Story, Disgruntled Videogame Characters [throwingks]
LOTW #3: Story Of A Picture, How'd this happen? [metaldevil]
LOTW #4: Shadow Writing [UNDECIDED]
LOTW #5: Poem, Vertical Message [hamwbone]
LOTW #6: Comic Template, Fill in the bubbles. [Vfreitas]
LOTW #7: Short Story, I am the terror that flaps in the night. [Raging Walrus]
LOTW #8: Poem, There's love in the air.

Edited by metaldevil, 30 April 2007 - 07:46 AM.


#2 throwingks

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 12:00 PM

I think this is a wonderful idea.

People should not be scared to get involved. I vote for Haiku for week 1. Something as simple as a Haiku takes 10 seconds to write. It doesn't require any prep time, and gets the creative juices flowing.

In case someone doesn't know, a haiku, is a minimalist poem. The only structure, more of a guideline, is to use 17 syllables or less, and usually 2 or 3 sentences. As it is art, you can make it however you want. Some examples can be found here:
http://forums.xbox-s...howtopic=563598
Or a quick search off google also.

#3 metaldevil

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 06:01 AM

Sounds good. We need to generate enough interest in this, though. SOTW got off to a slow start, too. Once we fall into a routine, it'll get more people involved.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 10:53 PM

Maybe we should do a Lit of the Month? 3 weeks of submissions, and 1 week of voting. The 1st - 21st for entries and 22nd till end for voting.

Just until we get some momentum.

Edited by throwingks, 20 November 2006 - 10:54 PM.


#5 metaldevil

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 04:57 AM

Well, maybe 2 weeks for a haiku since they don't take long to write.

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 05:05 AM

I just had an idea for the second LOTW/M.

Shadow writing. We did it in English, we were given a passage of writing (was a poem) and we had to re-write it to our experiences and what-not and follow their technique of writing. If I can find the paper I did, I will post the original poem and then mine.

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 04:37 PM

I have never done that. I would try it.

I was also thinking we could try speed writing. With no edits.

Something like a 2 minute contest. We would have to plan ahead and have everyone know what time to be online and expect it. Then the OP would give the rules and close out entries after 2 minutes. Voting could take place whenever. The OP could not participate though. I thought of it, I could do it. But, I would want to be in the next one if it goes well.

#8 metaldevil

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 01:50 AM

Great ideas, guys. smile.gif

^^I thought that Mx was going to post an example. sad.gif

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 06:28 AM

I lost my binder with my English work in it, but when I find it, I will post it.

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 12:12 AM

I had another idea. What about a short story that has to end with the same sentence or punch line.
I.E. The Aristocrats. http://en.wikipedia....stocrats_(joke)
The whole fun is the journey to get there.

Edited by throwingks, 03 December 2006 - 12:13 AM.


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Posted 12 December 2006 - 06:17 AM

So what should we hit up for the next LOTW?

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 09:58 AM

dunno but a multi-media thing would be cool, teams someone write something then make an image or vice versa, dosent even have to be teams

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 02:26 AM

I started jotting down an idea for the next LOTW in this post, but then I decided to post it as the next contest once I began coming up with examples. lol

http://forums.xbox-s...howtopic=571027

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 01:44 PM

It's time to get the third LOTW up and running! happy.gif Any suggestions or preferences from the ones listed earlier in the thread?

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 07:48 PM

I like lostboyz idea. We would have to get people to commit from both the Graphics and Literature forums before we can get that rolling though.




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