re: Q & A Writing Challenge for Chrons Members -- (Was Proposed Competition)
OK, obviously we have enough interest. And it's early enough in the month, I think we can start today. I'll open the thread and state the theme some time after breakfast (Yes, it is well into the afternoon here, but I keep strange hours. I just woke up. Ergo, breakfast awaits me.)
The whole idea was to make it a real challenge with a very low word count, Leisha, so we'll stick with 75 words at least for the first few months and see how that goes. We might adjust it up a little bit, but I know this is not too hard to do if you consider all the different ways there are to write a story. But with a generous word count it could turn into the kind of writing contest Brian has been vetoing all these years -- where people get intense about the competition and sensitive because they didn't win. This is not just about writing skill, but also about how well you meet the challenge. And it should, to a certain extent, level the playing field so that everyone will be able to compete -- brand new writers, those with a few credits, and those who have been writing for a long time whether published or not. I've seen you tell a story in far fewer words, Leisha, and Sephiroth, too; I know you are up to the challenge with a generous 75! At the same time, anyone who is ever going to send out a novel submission needs to learn how to condense a story into as few words as possible, so this will be good practice.
I see no reason to limit this to prose (because otherwise we'll get into splitting hairs over prose poetry, blank verse, etc.), but I think people should make an attempt to tell a real story with a beginning, middle, and end. I think that should weigh heavily when people decide how to cast their votes.
We'll also go with one entry each to begin with. If it turns out that a lot of people are overflowing with ideas, we could adjust that to two another time. As with the word count, that will depend on whether it lasts long enough for adjustments to be made.
I am going to take it upon myself to choose the theme this time. It will apply equally to SF and Fantasy.
So, let me eat and get back to this.