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Maeniel



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:25 am    Post subject: Writer's Group 11: Chekhov's Gun Reply with quote

Taking five this time.

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For those that don't know what the writer's group is, it's a group that (used to) meet every month. People sign up, then I'll give them a topic; once the topic is released, you'll have roughly one month to complete a short piece on that subject or in that style that is given. At the end, we vote on who we feel wrote the best while pertaining to the topic.

Ready? Set? GO!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yis plz!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yay! ^__^

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll sign up only if you're having trouble filling the spaces. Otherwise I'll sit this one out. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck to whom so ever tries this; I plan to enjoy the results of your labors. Following Tenshi's lead I am going to sit this one out. (Unless you need another body)
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could always use another body... this one's getting a bit worn around the edges.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dunno, seems to me you’d be downgrading to a lesser model. Not sure if it would be worth your while. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wasn't gonna, but...

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Just one more... Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's what they all say...

*oldtimer trapped in the WG cycle, like in those Dead Zone commercials*

That's what they all say...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. Asa
2. Tinu.
3. Talps
4. Lani
5.


*whoo. I made it! Excited!


*edit*


One more person, one more person, one more person... *chants*
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we need one of the reserve bodies.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll play if Maen wants me to. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would indeed. Wink

1. Asa
2. Tinu.
3. Talps
4. Lani
5. Tenshi

The topic this time is Chekhov's gun. What this means is that you need to introduce a seemingly irrelevant object early in the narrative whose importance is revealed only toward the end. The name is taken from Anton Chekhov himself, who said that if you place a pistol on the stage in the first act, it should be fired in the second act--otherwise, why put it there in the first place? It's an important element in what most consider "the perfect novel."

Any questions? We'll give until March 9. Smile Good luck!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, interesting!

*rubs hands*
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mm. The bitter irony of this challenge for me is that I'm not a fan of Chekov's gun in novels, specifically. I enjoy a novel that takes the time to flesh out seemingly unimportant details, which the characters can either take or leave completely at will to solve their uses. For instance, a fully realized civilization will have all sorts of things the characters will bump into, but never use.

On the other hand, utilizing Chekov's Gun efficiently is a talent that almost every screenwriter has in their arsenal. So, let the games begin!

And, ah, you did mean April 9th, right?
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