Creative Writing Challenge #37: Endings

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The Fallen
May 31, 2018
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Theme: Endings
Everything must end, so in this challenge lets focus on the depressing inevitability of it all! Does your story have to be depressing? Nope! It should just aim to have something 'end', whatever that may be.

Word Limit: 2500

Submission Deadline: Friday, July 12th by 11:59 PM PDT

Voting begins Saturday, July 13th and goes until Monday, July 15th at 11:59 PM Pacific.

Optional Secondary Objective: Lets Get Creative!



Try do something unusual or unique with your piece! Play around with narrators, tenses, formats, or anything else you think would get those creativity juices flowing. Try experimenting with ideas that you haven't done before; the more creative the better!

Note: The colour green will not be considered creative

On the Sunday during the challenge period, we have a regular writing hangout in the Discord server. Pretend to work on your alleged entry with a whole group!
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Submission Guidelines:

- One entry per poster.
- All submissions must be written during the time of the challenge.
- Using the topic as the title of your piece is discouraged.
- Keep to the word count!

Voting Guidelines:

- Three votes per voter. Please denote in your voting your 1st (3 pts), 2nd (2 pts), and 3rd (1 pt) place votes. You may add an honorable mention (HM).
- Please read all submissions before voting.
- You must vote in order to be eligible to win the challenge.
- When voting ends, the winner gets a collective pat on the back, and starts the new challenge using the thread creation Template

What if I win but I am too shy to make the new challenge?
You can pass on the new challenge honors to the second place winner.

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Oct 29, 2017
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Hmm. I tend to favor more open endings for short stories, so having a more definitive ending somewhere is actually going to be a challenge.

Gotta look at my backlog of dumb ideas and see what to do
 

Eternal Song

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Oct 31, 2017
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oatmeal ,NoirSuede , mas8705 , are you all ready to be creative for the last time?

We might even be able to skip the non-creativity pact.
I guess I'm in again, then.

But not right now. My ear is infected and the pain is terrible.
That is not a recipe for a good time. I demand you get better within 48 hours. The first day has passed, right?

Hmm. I tend to favor more open endings for short stories, so having a more definitive ending somewhere is actually going to be a challenge.

Gotta look at my backlog of dumb ideas and see what to do
I know! Figure out a creative way to keep the ending open ended despite the finality of the end. Leave it definitively open.

Already have my story idea.
  1. College boys in love
  2. Sportsball
  3. Dramedy
  4. Anime-inspired
Hype.
I thought we were learning to be creative. You should at least throw Lovecraft in there.

I actually have a good enough idea on creativity, but nothing yet story wise. It's a problem.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Shout out to Plumb for being so quick with the thread and Eternal Song for being super on top of pinging people. Still not sure what I'm gonna do, I might just write a long seething letter to my dislike of the heat.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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As a heads up we've got a writing hangout over discord in a little less than two hours at 4pm est. The format is 10 minutes of chit chat, half an hour of productivity, rinse and repeat for two hours.
 

zulux21

Member
Oct 25, 2017
6,250
First time doing something like this. Hopefully my work is somewhat readable!
I am now expecting something that looks like


I uh... can't really read this (to messy for me to care) so I don't know what it says (something about being angry lol), just first thing I found when I typed in "handwritten letter from a doctor" and looked for something to read :P
 

SoundCheck

Avenger
Oct 27, 2017
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Title: The Creation
W.C: 1,114

I am not a native english speaker and I have a writing exam in a few months. I will try to use these challenges as training. Any advice about my grammar is welcome.
 

oreomunsta

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
1,558
Always wanted to try one of these challenges! :)

Here's my first submission to these challenges: The Sorry Man

Interestingly enough, the first story idea I had was about a character I didn't like at all, so I went along with it and killed the character off lol

EDIT: Editing complete!
 
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Ashes

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Oct 30, 2017
185
PS. After editing it a few times over, I'm still over the word count by less than 100 words. Hope that's okay. If not, fuck the popo - I'll just lose "votable" status. It was fun enough to get to do some creative writing, and any feedback is welcome!
You will. You've got a day so kill those darlings!
 
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The Fallen
May 31, 2018
6,318
So I got the countdown wrong, sorry! We have quite a bit more time left than just 2 and a half hours. Deleting it for now, so go by the regular date :)
 

Ashes

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Oct 30, 2017
185
As much as it warms my heart to see you pop in here and knowing you are still around it also saddens me to think how long it has been since I read a story of yours.
Aye. Part of the reason why I'm back is that I miss the short stories here. Even if I don't enter I should at least find the time to read the stories.
 
Oct 29, 2017
1,768
Minnesota
And here we are!

#Entry

Story: Still Breeze


WC: ~2300
 
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The Fallen
May 31, 2018
6,318
#Entry

The Last Elephant

Word Count: 1,678

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Trying a lot of new things out with this one and it's a story that I've wanted to do for a while (hence why I picked the theme lol) so who knows how it's turned out :P Feedback will be much appreciated!
 
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