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LJ Idol IX - 29. Gauntlet - Home Game (~400 words)

Disclaimer: no offense meant to any of the past and present contestants.

Dear LJ Idol, thank you for teaching and reminding me of the following:

- that there is something enjoyable in every writing style, including but not limited to the excessively flowery and metaphorical ones, poetry without proper rhymes or meter and the horror of schoolroom horrors, speech-only play-language;

- that in order to write better one should write, and in order to write better faster one should make an effort when writing;

- that free-writing ideas by hand is the best way to approach even the most unsavoury topics (now the only thing I have left to do is to apply this particular knowledge to my Master's thesis);

- that writing by hand is still the best way to compose;

- that writing poetry does not necessarily have to happen all in one sitting with no interruptions, also that those who insist on it being too hard to find rhymes in English give up too easily (to put it mildly);

- that writing can and should happen not only in a highly emotional state, even though such a state, if taken advantage of and used properly, is still the best way to do so;

- that it is possible to write dialogue (at all, and that the best place to start is writing down real-life conversations);

- that I am capable of not missing hard deadlines time and time again even when the only driving force is myself and nobody will say anything (and few will be aware at all) in the event when I could have persevered and did not;

- and finally, for demonstrating loudly and clearly that I myself am one of the major roadblocks in my way.

In order to commemorate all these discoveries, I pledge to treat the remaining weeks of the contest the way one is supposed to treat NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where the goal is to write 50 000 words in a month (of November) regardless of their quality, and anyone reaching that goal is considered a winner. In a similar way, I shall consider myself a winner should I write a Home Game entry for every of the remaining topics, including the heretofore unknown (but much dreaded by those who have to deal with it) entity known as the multi-topicked Hell Week.

Sincerely yours,
Elena (kehlen_crow).


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Nov. 26th, 2014 02:28 am (UTC)
Good for you.
Nov. 26th, 2014 06:05 am (UTC)
*bows deeply*

Thank you, kind sir!
Nov. 26th, 2014 06:37 am (UTC)
Part of it is that I truly want you to succeed in your goal...
... and part of it is acknowledgement that "great minds think alike."

When you get a chance, take a look at my latest "Home Game" piece. After you read it you'll understand what I mean.
Nov. 26th, 2014 02:57 pm (UTC)
The NaNoWriMo goal is actually 50,000 words... ;)

Says a person who's literally 10k away from hitting that goal. If it were 40k I'd be patting myself on the back for getting there 5 days before the deadline!

But yes. Writing for you is a very important thing. Very important. :)

(though I have to disagree with writing by hand -- I prefer the speed with which I can put my thoughts down typing and then how quickly I can edit them, without all of the mess that editing on paper entails..)
Dec. 8th, 2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
I guess my mind was like "40 000 words I might be able to write, if I do nothing but this, but 50 000? no, no, no, too much". Hehe.

It depends on what I am writing. I get too bored journaling for myself by hand, and I certainly do not pre-write my ordinary Idol entries or even work stuff such as little parts of the articles I am entrusted with, but when it's something personal or something that should be the "A game" Gary so like to talk about, then by hand it is, at least the first draft and its re-read-slash-first edit.

In fact, I like editing that first draft in a different coloured pen, it brings back good memories of my college years.
Nov. 29th, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
All of this rings so true, at least while acknowledging that we both have favored ways of handling things. Especially that next to the last subpoint:

"that I am capable of not missing hard deadlines time and time again even when the only driving force is myself and nobody will say anything (and few will be aware at all) in event when I could have persevered and did not"

It is amazing that we have come this far in a year. I will continue to read you if you continue to write.

Dec. 8th, 2014 10:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes. I have certainly written things I did not know I could handle.

Thank you.
Dec. 2nd, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
Cheers!..great thoughts there (should pin it up myself)..and backing you up on all of that..Keep writing..:)
Dec. 8th, 2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I am curious, do you often create stories just for yourself, and not only in your head, but do you write them out? Or at least draft them?
Dec. 9th, 2014 11:25 am (UTC)
Ah! Glad I made you curious..:).Yes, till now I wrote for myself, I hardly had readers except family and friends, till I joined LJ.
I am a procrastinator and sometimes some ideas do slip out of my mind and may not go on paper but mostly they do..especially the one liners that randomly come out when you are idle.
And one thing that I noticed is the idea changes itself as I continue writing or expanding which is interesting for me..coz I am curious too..;)
Dec. 9th, 2014 12:26 pm (UTC)
I noticed this as well. And not only does the idea change but sometimes characters seem to develop a mind of their own, as well. It's quite frustrating when they refuse to work with your idea :)
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