Rules for Kismet's Writing Challenge II

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Rules for Kismet's Writing Challenge II

Postby SopwithCamel » 20 Dec 2014, 15:17

Rules posted for easy reference.

Kismet wrote:The schools have broken up so I'm counting today as the first day of the Christmas Holidays and it's therefore time to post the Challenge. I do this with some trepidation :shock: as I don't want to distract RSG from her Christmas Surprise story, but I promised it before the 22nd.

The same guidelines as last time apply:

:whipgirrl: This is a family friendly forum
:whipgirrl: The Challenge is open to absolutely anyone, whether you have any experience in writing or not. It's a good place to start if you are a novice, and the more people who join in, the more fun it is
:whipgirrl: Any length and format is acceptable: short story, longer story, poem, limerick (make sure it has the right number of stresses per line or the poetry police will be after you), short scenario, full length novel..... If you can only think of a witty one liner, then join in by posting that.

:whipgirrl: The posting date is any time on Sunday 25th January. If you can't make that date, then please arrange for another forum member to post your contribution for you on that date.

:whipgirrl: Please open a new thread for your entry and name it ' your title, your name' and try to post your story in an easy to read format.

I'm going with Soppy's suggestion and giving you the opening line this time rather than a title, and it's the abridged/slightly altered opening line to a very famous novel (Google it if you don't recognise it and want to know). I thought using a 'real' opening line might open up even more avenues of thought.

So, for Kismet's Writing Challenge Part Deux, everyone's opening line should be:

:flysmi: It was a bright cold day, and the clock was striking thirteen. :flysmi:

Have fun everyone!

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Re: Rules for Kismet's Writing Challenge II

Postby Kismet » 20 Dec 2014, 15:36

Thanks, Soppy.
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Re: Rules for Kismet's Writing Challenge II

Postby Tracer » 20 Dec 2014, 17:29

I recognise the opening line 8-)

And am looking forward very much to the readingfest :yay: when all entries are in.
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Re: Rules for Kismet's Writing Challenge II

Postby Fairblue » 02 Jan 2015, 17:01

One question , Kismet. Can we use whatever title we wish?
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Re: Rules for Kismet's Writing Challenge II

Postby Kismet » 02 Jan 2015, 17:05

Fairblue wrote:One question , Kismet. Can we use whatever title we wish?


Yes. The title is your choice. It's the opening line that we are all sharing this time.
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Re: Rules for Kismet's Writing Challenge II

Postby Fairblue » 02 Jan 2015, 17:13

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Fairblue wrote:One question , Kismet. Can we use whatever title we wish?


Yes. The title is your choice. It's the opening line that we are all sharing this time.


Thank you. Writing the story's not half as difficult as thinking of a suitable title.
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Re: Rules for Kismet's Writing Challenge II

Postby kylie_koyote » 02 Jan 2015, 17:15

I concur wholeheartedly. Thinking up a title is always the hardest part for me.
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Re: Rules for Kismet's Writing Challenge II

Postby Kismet » 02 Jan 2015, 17:37

I'm struggling too. It's currently going to be called 'Kismet's story'.
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Re: Rules for Kismet's Writing Challenge II

Postby SopwithCamel » 03 Jan 2015, 07:28

Just to clarify...when you say "opening line", Kismet, does that mean it has to be the opening line? Or part of the opening line? In other words, can you add words in front of or behind the words in that line? Or does it have to be "It was...thirteen[full stop]"?
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Re: Rules for Kismet's Writing Challenge II

Postby Kismet » 03 Jan 2015, 13:54

SopwithCamel wrote:Just to clarify...when you say "opening line", Kismet, does that mean it has to be the opening line? Or part of the opening line? In other words, can you add words in front of or behind the words in that line? Or does it have to be "It was...thirteen[full stop]"?


You can add words after the 'It was a bright cold day and the clock was striking thirteen.' ie move the full stop and lengthen the line.

If you add words before it, then you are no longer starting the story with 'It was a bright cold day and the clock was striking thirteen.' so no to that idea.

Hope that helps, Soppy.
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Re: Rules for Kismet's Writing Challenge II

Postby SopwithCamel » 03 Jan 2015, 17:06

Thanks, Kismet.

I was just checking to see how much leeway I have on the opening line, and trying to pinpoint one idea I want to go with...
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