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[PlotStorming.com] - August Contest - Show Don't Tell!
« on: August 12, 2007, 04:54:21 PM »
Description is a powerful tool in writing, but it is one that can be used for both good and evil. Too little, and a writer will confuse their readers, while too much description can tire all but the most stalwart fan. One technique often lauded when providing description is 'show don't tell.' Its the art of relaying the scene more dynamically through action and dialogue -- instead of relying on exposition. It entails keeping the word count down, selecting the best for the situation, and describing the scene through a character's eyes. The technique creates a story that is faster paced, engages the reader, and allows them to come to their own conclusions.            

A writer should always practice and try to and hone their craft, and we here at PlotStorming.com would be remiss if we didn't try and help. The goal of the August contest is to write a short story that's an exemplary example of 'show don't tell.' Of course there is a caveat, like the first contest, each work will have to include a couple seeds.

Summary (All entries must meet/include these):
Format: Short Story  
Concept: Practice description using 'show don't tell' - little to no exposition
Seeds: Rushon (The City of Twilight Splendor)*, a festival or ritual*, magic, and a reflection
Word Count: 1000 to 3000 words

*A fictitious city and festival to be created and detailed by the author as much, or as little, as they desire

Judging:
The judges for the contest will be the community. Creativity, originality, and quality will be the keys. The community will nominate the individual that created the best story utilizing show don't tell.

If you're interested, please stop by, and remember to show don't tell!

I know I'm late in announcing this, and I apologize. And I know many may be busy with the CBG contest, but its only 1K words.  ;)

Also, the July Contest produced  in many inspiring entries, stop by and see what was created. Perhaps you'll be inspired.  
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2007, 08:38:38 PM »
If you were thinking about entering, the deadline is in FIVE days (Aug 27th)!
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