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Linda
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 9:56 pm    Post subject: The Last Word - Ofavon Reply with quote

This very thought provoking, Ofavon. Tell me more about these prompts.

(This prompt is a large room with floor to ceiling glass, in the middle of
which is a small room accessible only by a stair.)

Do you set yourself time limit? I agree. I'd like to see something like this on the board.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2004 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should be limited to length and time. There's no sense laboring over a 500 word piece when you know you'll be getting one next week. The purpose of it is to learn to write off the top of your head and you should write it from start to finish in one sitting, so the story should be simple, strong and cover a subject you know something about without digging into research.

It became a game with us to see who would finish first and we would invariably submit our story within 24 hours of the publishing of the prompt. One of two of the participants would wait a few days to read the first responders and then submit their own. There was no benefit in it - the freshness was lost.

The webmaster posted the prompts. He got some of them from the participants, but mostly he picked them himself from sites that posted pictures that were not copyrighted. He was good at it, the pictures were provocative and obscure. A simple literal picture of a flower, for instance is not a good motivator - the picture I described above, is.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2004 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harry wrote:
You should be limited to length and time. There's no sense laboring over a 500 word piece when you know you'll be getting one next week. The purpose of it is to learn to write off the top of your head and you should write it from start to finish in one sitting, so the story should be simple, strong and cover a subject you know something about without digging into research.

It became a game with us to see who would finish first and we would invariably submit our story within 24 hours of the publishing of the prompt. One of two of the participants would wait a few days to read the first responders and then submit their own. There was no benefit in it - the freshness was lost.

The webmaster posted the prompts. He got some of them from the participants, but mostly he picked them himself from sites that posted pictures that were not copyrighted. He was good at it, the pictures were provocative and obscure. A simple literal picture of a flower, for instance is not a good motivator - the picture I described above, is.


This is great Harry. I'd like to try it... I mean really, look what you could do later with your initial writing. I really like it.

Clive, is this do-able on the voice?

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