These Things are Addicting (My 1st Challenge)

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Felt like putting a challenge out there for anyone interested. Yup, read the small print below. :D

Submitted: September 10, 2009

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Submitted: September 10, 2009

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It's a bird! It's a plane! No it's a challenge!

Well I hope my English teacher is happy. That *insert arrow* should catch people's attention. If not...why do I even bother?

So because these things are addictive, fun, and addictive I have decided to create my first challenge. You can join if you wish. You don't have to, but I swear you'll be missing out on a lot of fun.

Okay, onto the CHALLENGE part of this. Follow the rules/guidelines below. Failure to do so will result in absolute madness which may harm the mental health of anyone nearby. So save everyone the headache and stuff and FOLLOW THE RULES! This challenge is for novels, short stories, and screenplays. Nothing else will be accepted.

Here's how my little game is gonna work. First, choose what you wish to write: a novel, a short story, or a screenplay. Shouldn't be all that hard to choose. But if you're anything like me then please take your time with step number one. Once you have chosen what you wish to write go to the section marked either NOVEL, SHORT STORY, or SCREENPLAY. Again take your time. No need to rush.

Novel People OVER HERE!!!

Congrats, you've managed to pass steps one and two. Now onto the more difficult task. Actually writing your novel. Now don't be alarmed. It's not all that bad. But if you think this will be the worst step ever for you...please click your butt outta here. This challenge is for authors who enjoy writing. Wow, big surprise.

Below are three, um...well for lack of a better word prompts. Ew, that's a nasty word. If you know a better word by all means subsitute it in. Each prompt includes a small scene where something has already happened, is happening, or will happen. You can write in the point of view you wish. Pick one of the three prompts (shivers) to write.

Prompt One: The young man ran down the dark wet alley, desperate for some sort of escape. Behind him his pursuer calmly chased after him. As the young man reached the mouth of the alley something crashed into him, ending the chase entirely. The young man woke up gasping in his bed.

Prompt Two: The young woman surveyed the clothes on the rack in her favorite store. She hums a song quietly to herself, enjoying the day. The door to the store is thrown open as a masked man enters, wielding a gun and a brown sack.

Prompt Three: "Something's coming," the fortune teller whispered. "Something bad."

Rules Please Pay Close Attention. Failure to comply will result in me getting angry at a very annoyingly bright computer screen.

1. Each novel must include these types of characters, no matter which prompt you select: a young man and woman (ages must be 19-26), some sort of mythical/supernatural creature (ex. vampires, werewolves, pixies, witches, banshees, people with powers, ect.), a bunny, and a senior citizen.

2. All characters must show up in your novel in some way or form.

3. The prompt scene you have chosen must show up in your novel in some way or form.

4. Each chapter must be a least two pages long in Word (i dunno how many words that is). Extremely short chapters that barely tell anything will not be accepted. Exceptions: a prologue of some sort, and an epilogue of some sort. Those can be very short depending on what you want to do. Other then that make the chapters a decent length people.

5. Novels can be no longer then 15 chapters. I know that's a bit of a restraint but I can't read fifty plus chapter novels. I'll never get finished. So the cut off is at 15 chapters.

Short Story People THIS WAY!!!

So you selected short story eh? Cool. Follow the rules below and we should have no problem. Even thinking about disobeying will result in fifty lashes.

Yours is a little bit different then the novels. For one thing the novel people have way more to do since, well it IS  novel. Much longer then a novel. But enough about that. Here's your task if you wish to accept....

You will be given four characters. Each character must interact with each other at some point in your story that solves a problem/conflict. You make up your own conflict and your own solution. But it must be clearly stated and resolved by the end of the story. Understand? Cool. Here are the four characters that must show up in your story. You give them your own names and such but the personalities and such must remain the same.

Character 1: a depressed individual without any real goals in life. Many people have betrayed him/her in their life and wish to avoid all the pain and suffering of going through betrayal again. Withdrawn from pretty much everything. They are constantly battling the urges to commit suicide.

Character 2: a man/woman of incredible wealth. Views each day as a chance to collect more money in creative ways. They seem untouchable, almost god-like. He/She views those with less wealth as them as weak, pathetic people who don't deserve to breathe the same air.

Character 3: a lost person, confused as to where and who they are. Everything confuses him/her. They are trying really hard to figure out who they are and how they got to this point in time. A wanderer.

Character 4: someone who is dying. Over the years they have achieved many things they wish to do in life. They are scared of death but know that they must confront it soon.

Rules:

1. All four characters MUST show up in your story. Failure to do so will just make me bang my head against the keyboard.

2. You can write this story through any point of view. Doesn't matter to me.

3. Please make these stories a decent length. What I mean is no super short stories that have only two paragrpahs. But no stories that just go on and on and on and on...none of that. You be the judge if your story is too long or short.

4. All conflicts must be resolved at the end of your story! And on that note, there has to be some sort of conflict going on. Just writing about 4 characters just wandering around aimlessly will not do. I want a story people! A story! 

5. If you wish to tweak a character a little bit please ask what you wish to do. I'll either approve or disapprove.

Screenwriters MAKE WAY!!!

Oh goodie, screenplays. Wonderful! Follow the rules and I'll be a happy reader.

Below is a prompt which you must base your screenplay on. Please be creative and think outside the box. Yes it's a mystery but they can still be fun! Plus there's hundreds of chances to through in all kinds of fun stuff that will leave your readers (and me) on the edge of our seats.

A college student is found hanging from their ceiling fan with his/her wrists slit and silly puddy scattered all around the room. How did this college student die? Who murdered him/her? 

Remember: be creative! I'm giving you so much room to do whatever you want. Take advantage!

Rules:

1. Because I have dealt with Booksie in the past I know how hard it can be to get your screenplays to show up in the correct format. I understand that which is why I am telling you that format doesn't matter on this one. As long as I can read the scenes and understand we should be good.

2. Each scene should push the story forward. Forget the brakes. Keep on going with your story!

3. All screenplays should be about 20-30 scenes long. 30 being the cut off point. Sorry but too long!!! 

4. The basic rules that apply to writing screenplays apply here as well.

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Well that's about it! Those who wish to take part go right ahead. To submit all you have to do is comment below and tell me what you want to do. Example: "You're amazing! I'm gonna write a (insert novel, short story, or screenplay)!" For people taking on the novel apporach when you submit your novel, put in the prompt in the novel summary box. That way I know which prompt you're doing. Just tiny add ons, I love to laugh so if you're good at throwing in humor to whatever you're doing ,do it. Nine times outta ten I'll find your joke/action funny. It'll also help boost you up against the other authors taking part in this challenge. Please don't make your story solely about love. After several chapters about girl kissing boy and boy kissing girls, that gets boring. Couples can be straight or gay. Your call on that on. Interesting names will also help boost you up but don't go overboard. Giving me a character with ten names is a bit much. That's about it. Enjoy!

Tell me if you're taking part in this challenge by September 30th. After that date no one else may enter.

You can submit your work between these dates. October 1st - December 1st. December 1st is the the deadline. No exceptions.

Winners will be posted sometime in mid January. Depends how many stories I'm getting. I will notify all winners myself. 1st place recieves gold bragging rights. 2nd place recieves silver braggin rights. 3rd place recieves bronze bragging rights. Bragging Rights people, this is BIG! 


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