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Welcome to 2018. New year, new words, new way to make them!

I'll get last year's figures tallied up from work tomorrow, but in the interim you need to know how insanely proud I am of this group and everything we've accomplished over the year! YOU ALL ROCK SO HARD!!!

And back to January's challenge. I said to haldoor that I wanted us to try new writing forms/styles. Example:
1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person, dialog only, no dialog, no adjectives, no sense of sight/sound/touch/taste/smell, describe something with all senses. Something happy, something sad, angry, grieving, distrust, disgust. A sad celebration, a ebullient funeral. An exact drabble, an exact double drabble A SYMMETRINA!
Ok, I went of the rails there, but you see what I mean. I want some new style prompt for every day in January. A chance to try something new, or even if it's not new, try it again.

First, I need more style prompts, AND I need style prompts for graphics. So hit me up here with the things that occur to you.

To get the reward for the month (a participation banner) you must complete at least four prompts this month or a symmetrina (which will actually fill four by itself anyway). Fills are considered at least 100 words or 2 icons. Unless specified by the prompt itself, you are welcome to go over the counts as always.

Today's style prompt: Symmetrina
You are welcome to look up the exact definition of a symmetrina, but for the purposes of this challenge you will only need to:
A) Keep an odd number of chapters
B) First and last chapter must be written in the first person and must have exactly the same word count.
C) Second and second to last chapter must be in the second person, have exactly the same word count, and be exactly twice the word count of the first chapter.
D) All other chapters must be in the third person. There must be an odd number of them, and their word count must double the previous chapter or increase by exactly the same count. Once you reach your mid point, word counts should decrease by the same amount.

To better illustrate-
Ch 1 - 1st person 100 words
Ch 2 - 2nd person 200 words
Ch 3 - 3rd person 300 words (or 400)
Ch 4 - 3rd person 400 words (or 800)
Ch 5 - 3rd person 300 words (or 400)
Ch 6 - 2nd person 200 words
Ch 7 - 1st person 100 words

You may have as few as 5 chapters, or you can go as big as you want.

OR you can just do four random fills for the month.

But first we need more style prompts!


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Jan. 1st, 2018 10:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is intriguing - and maybe a good solution for a story I've had in mind. I'll have to play with the math, and see what happens when I turn the first chapter that I've got already into a first-person version.

I'm not clear on the word count options for those middle three chapters, though. Wouldn't increasing by the same count as the previous chapter be the same as doubling the previous chapter? For example, how can ch 3 be 300 words long? I want to clarify that before I do the math for my attempt.

Never mind re: the counts- I think I get it now. So it could go:

ch1 - 350 words
ch 2- 700 words
ch 3- 1,050 words
ch 4- 1,400 words
ch 5- 1,050 words
ch 6- 700 words
ch 7 0 350 words


Other styles - will give that some thought! Only thing that jumps out right now is the drabbles- maybe a multi-chapter fic of nothing but double drabbles?

Edited at 2018-01-01 11:55 pm (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2018 11:59 pm (UTC)
Yes!!! Re the counts

I do love a good drabble fic!
Jan. 1st, 2018 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oooh, this is intriguing! It might take me all month, but I want to try this.

As for other styles... magical realism (one of my faves), stream of consciousness, or unreliable narrator. Not sure if these are what you're looking for or not, but it's a shot. :D
Jan. 2nd, 2018 02:48 am (UTC)
Haha... jinx, you owe me a coke. I just saw the first lines of our replies to K. :) And PS - unreliable narrator sounds both fun and really challenging. Though I can totally see an H50 ficlet in it, now that I think about it.....the boys are each considered unreliable narrators by the other, lol.

Edited at 2018-01-02 02:49 am (UTC)
Jan. 2nd, 2018 02:51 am (UTC)
Jan. 2nd, 2018 06:28 pm (UTC)
Hah! :D

I read a book last year (or maybe in 2016) with a most unreliable narrator and now the idea intrigues me. OMG yes, those two would definitely be perfect for an unreliable narrator. As would Dean. :D
Jan. 4th, 2018 07:09 am (UTC)
Ooh, yes, unreliable narrator. I might go for that when I try this again! I'm now picturing Shawn and Gus from Psych disagreeing about events! :D
Jan. 4th, 2018 08:40 pm (UTC)
I read a book last year that made me fall in love with the idea of an unreliable narrator. So yeah, I really want to try this now!

Hahaha... Yeah, I think those two definitely fit!
Jan. 2nd, 2018 02:51 am (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing what you do, and thank you!!!
Jan. 2nd, 2018 06:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And you're welcome. :D
Jan. 2nd, 2018 05:31 am (UTC)
I think I did this correctly! Since I was trying out a new style, I stuck with my tried and true fandom, Harry Potter. :P Maybe by the end of the month I'll try it again with a more adventurous fandom. :D

Escape Isn't Freedom (1500 words) by ChokolatteJedi
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, Other(s)
Additional Tags: Community: 1-million-words, Symmetrina, Writing Exercise, POV Multiple, Post-Canon, Dark, Angst
Summary: Harry thinks he is done with the wizarding world. But is he?
Jan. 2nd, 2018 01:57 pm (UTC)
Jan. 2nd, 2018 03:51 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Wow, that's speedy too. :)
Jan. 2nd, 2018 07:22 pm (UTC)
Lookit you go! Awesome stuff! ;-)
Jan. 3rd, 2018 08:33 pm (UTC)
This sounds intriguing! Not sure I'll have the energy to try it out, but still.

As for styles: maybe something epistolary; you can make that small by possibly using texts or tweets, or if you're going bigger you could also use letters or e-mails?
Jan. 3rd, 2018 08:39 pm (UTC)
OH! Thank you!
Jan. 3rd, 2018 08:54 pm (UTC)
How about diary form, comment porn, haiku, sonnet, limerick, other poetry?
Jan. 5th, 2018 08:51 pm (UTC)

Jan. 7th, 2018 03:16 am (UTC)
LOL! Yeah, just write using dairy products instead of people. Hey, we wrote crayons! ;-P
Jan. 4th, 2018 05:28 pm (UTC)
For me, long form is challenging - so maybe 1000+ words.
Jan. 6th, 2018 12:42 am (UTC)
Thought of a few more & they may work well as graphic prompts-

love scene
car chase
fight scene
Jan. 7th, 2018 01:03 am (UTC)
Here's my response to the symmetrina challenge (also part of the weekend challenge as well)- Galaxy Defenders. It's a Firefly fic (with lore from the Buffy-verse) and comes in at 900 words.
Jan. 7th, 2018 03:17 am (UTC)
Oh, go, you! Awesome! ;-)
Jan. 7th, 2018 03:46 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was a lot of fun. The one challenge was editing since it limited where in the document I had to add & delete words to make the word counts work out.

Have you ever seen anything long-form written in a style like this or go back between 1st, 2nd, & 3rd person POVs?

PS - I really like your icon.
Jan. 21st, 2018 10:03 pm (UTC)
You did really well!

No, apart from the symmetrina, I never have!

Thank you! I didn't make it, but if you check my icons, it will probably say who did. I can't honestly remember right now, but I know I did pick up a couple of Firefly ones some years back, and this was one of my faves! I'm using the other one now, just for you - this one is from crinkly_things, I think, although I believe that journal is gone now. There were some great ones from that maker!
Jan. 8th, 2018 05:07 pm (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2018 05:23 am (UTC)

I made four things! First and Second person chapters of my symmetrina are done, though I still have the rest to write. But I got 2,400 words out of those first two!

And I wrote a drabble and double drabble- ficlets to the 'kisses' weekend challenge prompts. Here they are, I'm too beat to put 'em on AO3 until tomorrow...

Kisses - closed eyelids (thankfulness) - McDanno, G rated, 100 words
[Spoiler (click to open)]

"What's that for?" Steve asked.

He was exhausted from work - yard work, restaurant work, work-work; had lain there with eyes closed as Danny crawled into bed and hit the lights.

Then Danny had kissed him - light as a feather, once on each eyelid.

"It's a 'thank you," Danny said. "Kissing someone on the eyelids, it means 'thank you.'"

"I still don't get it," Steve peered at him in the dark "We fought all damn day."

"Wasn't thanking you," Danny mumbled. "Was thanking ...someone... for you."

Steve pulled him in tight. Danny sighed, and they were both asleep in seconds.

Kisses -earlobe/neck ("I want you"/lust/desire) - G or Teen - Suits/Marvey - 200 words

[Spoiler (click to open)]

Mike knew his feelings for Harvey were complex and not entirely platonic.

But the ones that crawled like electricity all through him when they were close? He thought that was mostly infatuation and hormones.

Until he walked into Harvey's office a little too fast and caught it; Scottie on tiptoes, high heels kicked aside, teeth grazing at Harvey's earlobe like they had all damn day.

He watched her lips trace over Harvey's neck as she slid back to flat feet, Harvey dropping the folder in his hand onto the desk next to them, his face bland.

"I...um...uh, I'm so .. sorry," Mike stammered from the wave of it.

Forget electricity, this was lust, desire. Want.


"Don't you knock?" Scottie asked, and god, he hated that 'you're a worm' stare.

Harvey? The bland was fading, replaced by...

"I, um... I'll come...back."

Mike left before either of them might catch his dick joining the party. And before she caught it: The way Harvey bit his lip, eyes on Mike, then flicked his tongue slowly over the spot he had bit.

"Shitshitshitshit..." Mike ran, the shelter of his cubby seemingly a football field away.

Not infatuation.

And reciprocated.

Holy crap.
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