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2014 Writing challenges and critiquing circle

As you have all seen in the weekly check-in comments, themed writing challenges will be coming back to Talechasing in 2014. This time around, they will be accompanied by a critiquing circle.

How it will work
Prompts will be posted quarterly. You will have two months in which to write your story. When you are done, you will post your story to your own journal and leave a link on the Talechasing journal (you can either make a new post or leave a comment in the weekly check in). I will collect these links and post a round up once the writing deadline has passed. ladylight will also be collating a list of pieces completed for the whole of the year.

After the writing deadline has passed, there will be a further month for critiquing. You may choose to submit a story for the writing challenge and not participate in the critiquing circle, but please make this clear when you post your link to the community. In the name of fairness, those choosing to submit their story for critiquing will be expected to critique all the other stories submitted for that quarter. Some leeway will be given for zombie outbreaks and custard floods.

At the end of the year, the final drafts will be compiled into an e-book for participants.


What we need
The first thing we'll need are writing prompts. It has been suggested that these have a connecting theme. Please vote on your favourite suggestion below or make a new suggestion in the comments.

Poll #1944406 2014 prompt themes
This poll is closed.

What themes would you like to explore in 2014?

Spring/summer/autumn/winter
5(25.0%)
Air/fire/water/earth
3(15.0%)
Birth/youth/old age/death
4(20.0%)
Ocean/sky/mountain/city
8(40.0%)
Other (please leave a comment below)
0(0.0%)

It has been suggested that the seasons be paired with a related theme. Spring would be beginnings, autumn with endings and winter with survival. What would you pair summer with?

Joy
1(7.7%)
Adventure
7(53.8%)
Power
2(15.4%)
Quest
3(23.1%)
Other (please leave a comment below)
0(0.0%)

Finally, we'll need a word limit for stories. Keep in mind that you may be expected to read everyone else's story as part of the critiquing circle. What should be our word limit per story?

2 000
0(0.0%)
5 000
4(40.0%)
8 000
0(0.0%)
10 000
6(60.0%)
15 000
0(0.0%)
Other (please leave a comment below)
0(0.0%)
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