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The Eighth TV Tropes Writing Contest:

I'm done but I'm short of the word count. Fuck.

 127 Psyga 315, Sat, 11th May '13 10:11:07 PM from Dungeons & Dragons No Sekai Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Nanako The Narcface
[up] Did you try expanding your contractions?
"An MMORPG without a logout button? That's a bold decision, man!"
[up] I think I'm going to try adding in more descriptions first. Expanding my contractions might make it feel clunky.

 129 danna 45, Sat, 11th May '13 11:58:37 PM from Wagnaria Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
Ti TS SC on Steam when
Looks like you guys are making steady progress [lol]
"And you must be Jonathan Joestar!" - Sue
 130 porschelemans, Sun, 12th May '13 9:41:13 AM from A Giant Hamster Ball Relationship Status: You're a beautiful woman, probably
Avatar Sakaki Ignore cat
I hope I can finish this by the deadline...
Mmm...
 131 Jimmy T Malice, Fri, 17th May '13 12:34:42 PM from Top lane Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
Finally managed to finish my first draft. I don't think it needs too many tweaks now, but I'm not really happy with how the ending played out...
"Steel wins battles. Gold wins wars."
Hm hypothetical question, but say I'm under the word count for my entry. I'd get some points deducted from mechanics, right?

Phinatic
Oh **** thought I sent mine in already but I didn't even finish my first draft. CRUNCH TIME!

 134 porschelemans, Sun, 19th May '13 4:50:26 PM from A Giant Hamster Ball Relationship Status: You're a beautiful woman, probably
Avatar Sakaki Ignore cat
SUUUUUUUBMIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSIIIIIIIOOOOON!!!

Prepare to watch me lose...
Mmm...
 135 Ars Thaumaturgis, Sun, 19th May '13 6:39:39 PM Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
What do you mean, "there are only four days left"? T-T

(Argh, I really hope that I manage to sit down and work with the first draft that I have... >_<)

Can I join in this contest.

All I have to do is keep the first sentence and the last sentence the same? I think I can do that. This would be my very first contest, ever.

Or is it too late?

Seeking for Light
You can still join. Just keep in mind that the deadline is on Friday.

You have to use the opening and closing sentences that are given in the first post of this thread (you can find them under the heading "Theme").

 138 Jimmy T Malice, Mon, 20th May '13 12:19:24 PM from Top lane Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
Submission submitted.
"Steel wins battles. Gold wins wars."
 139 Psyga 315, Mon, 20th May '13 12:20:30 PM from Dungeons & Dragons No Sekai Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Nanako The Narcface
So wait, is it the norm to say you submitted the work? Because if so, I sent it too.
"An MMORPG without a logout button? That's a bold decision, man!"
 140 Oh So Into Cats, Mon, 20th May '13 12:38:31 PM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
CANON!!
The deadline is the 24th, though, correct?
"Beware of the wolves. They were raised by wolves."

Eidolonomics: ~60.4k/100,000 words
Seeking for Light
Yes, it is.

 142 Oh So Into Cats, Mon, 20th May '13 12:50:53 PM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
CANON!!
All right. At this point I'm just editing for style, but that might take a couple days.
"Beware of the wolves. They were raised by wolves."

Eidolonomics: ~60.4k/100,000 words
Woo, I'm done. Now to send it in.

Duuuuuhhhhhh.......
That was surprisingly expeditious.

 145 Oh So Into Cats, Tue, 21st May '13 12:06:41 PM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
CANON!!
Can I continue quibbling with the last sentence?

That it starts with an and really bothers me and may cause me to completely rewrite my ending. I mean seriously.

edited 21st May '13 12:16:24 PM by ohsointocats

"Beware of the wolves. They were raised by wolves."

Eidolonomics: ~60.4k/100,000 words
 146 Ars Thaumaturgis, Tue, 21st May '13 4:36:33 PM Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
Did we ever have a decision from all of the judges on the last sentence? Of the judges listed on the first page, I'm only aware of Nocturna having given a response (in approval, I believe).

 147 chihuahua 0, Tue, 21st May '13 5:10:36 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
Wait what is getting approved? Taking the "and" out of the final sentence?

 149 Ars Thaumaturgis, Tue, 21st May '13 6:43:55 PM Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
What I suggested, I believe, was '... the possibility allowing minor changes to the required sentences "and now" to "so now", for example and to the ending sentence in particular'.

The original post.

Duuuuuhhhhhh.......
Personally, I would prefer everyone to go with the same sentences because that was the point of the contest. However, considering how close it is to the deadline with some people apparently unable to work the original closing sentence into their story, I'll exercise some leniency.

At the same time, though, I think there should be some incentive to use the original sentences, as they're more difficult to incorporate. To tell you the truth, the last sentence is actually a large part of the reason why I decided to judge instead of enter. So I will probably do some very light point deduction if you change it, but keep in mind it will be so minor that it shouldn't affect your chances of winning; like maybe half a point if it's just something like removing the "and" or changing it to "so" or something minor like that. You'll get more points out of me in the long run if you can smoothly incorporate a modification of the closer than if you use the original one awkwardly.

Unless I'm completely outspoken here, but I personally think this is the most reasonable course of action.

edited 21st May '13 10:00:29 PM by FingerPuppet

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