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Q3 - DLP Flash Competition! Come Write!

Discussion in 'Story Competitions' started by Ched, Jul 18, 2021.

  1. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.”
    —Tina Fey


    Q3 2021 - Flash Competition!
    A poll will be going up for the main Q3 competition later tonight, but I wanted to get an exciting Flash option in here for us while we vote! We've had some decent luck with Flash comps in the past, so let's do it. Don't overthink it! Just write.

    Topic: POV must be 3rd person Harry but no other requirements (can be AU, post-Hogwarts, non-canon, canon, whatever)

    Word Count: 750-1500 words (word count will be STRICT - does not include title)

    Due Date: July 28th at 11:59 PM EST - send stories to @Xiph0 via private message

    Voting: July 29th - August 5th EXTENDED

    The winner of this competition gets a 'star' on their avatar but the temporary banner is for the main competitions, so LucyintheSkye will get to keep theirs until the primary Q3 comp finishes.**

    Xiph0 and I may know your identity but otherwise you'll be kept anonymous unless you choose to claim your story after the competition.

    "Anonymous" means that you don't widely advertise / discuss your story. PLEASE feel free to grab a handful of beta readers / brainstormers to help you out. This has always been the case but I want to emphasize it - run your ideas / drafts by people you trust! Get feedback and help with edits, etc.

    VOTING
    1. Leave a few (50+) words of review in the story thread
    2. (( voting via poll vs points to be determined ))
    3. Authors must vote but cannot vote for themselves
    **subject to change after I discuss with Jon


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    What is 3rd Person POV?
    Don't be embarrassed to ask questions!
     
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  2. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    hmm so it has to be harry, huh?
     
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    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    Yeah. Instead of a topic everyone has to write their story with a 3rd Person POV Harry. I was going to make it past tense like canon but I forgot so any tense is fine.

    Also if you want to be ‘clever’ with Harry POV and have him be possessed or possessing someone or whatever other POV shenanigans you want that’s fine. Won’t be disqualified. Not really the intended goal but I’m not micro managing here.
     
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    Hmmm another chance to bamboozle with Harry Dresden? I don't see no Potter attached to that first name :p
     
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    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    So, caveat - this is a HP competition. We've specified in the past when we did non-HP comps (and had no turnout).

    However crossovers are traditionally allowed.

    So if you want to do an HP/Dresden crossover that won't be disqualified. Pure Dresden will be. I'd say that the protagonist should still be Potter but eh, if you want to use that loophole and do Dresden's POV go for it.

    However keep in mind that you aren't as likely to get votes for that, since some readers won't be familiar with it and others won't feel it meets the prompt 'well' since you'd clearly be skirting it.
     
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    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    3rd Person means you use "Harry" instead of "I" when you are writing!

    Examples:

    Harry kicked Draco's arse.
    (( 3rd person, past tense ))

    Harry kicks Draco's arse.
    (( 3rd person, present tense ))

    I kicked Draco's arse.
    (( 1st person, past tense ))

    I kick Draco's arse.
    (( 1st person, present tense ))

    You kick Draco's arse.
    (( 2nd person, present tense ))

    --HP Canon was in 3rd person past tense.
     
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    You know. Looking at that. I can't recall ever reading a story in the 2nd person tense.
     
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    is it Jbern’s Bungle in the Jungle that’s the most famous fanfic example?

    If you’re being clever and saying quests aren’t stories, too, I can respect that, but if you look there they’re all second person.

    Nominally, the Reluctant Fundamentalist is a second person published novel. It’s very good.
     
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    The Broken Earth Trilogy (The Fifth Season) by N. K. Jemisin is partly done in second person... In fact, each character pov has a different tense. You have first, second and third person (both present and past). My favorite books I've read this year, if only for seeing the differences in tenses.

    It would be interesting to do a flash competition in second tense. I wouldn't recommend doing a normal competition with it as it might detract people from joining, but it would be a nice challenge for a short tidbit.
     
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    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

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    Working on the Voting right now - I was going to do a poll, but we got so many entries! Give me a bit to figure out exact rules, and in the meantime read/review.

    No real rules on 'how much' you have to write to review, but 50 words (or a decent paragraph) is the expectation.

    Example of 50 words:

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Morbi vel tincidunt odio, nec blandit metus. Sed in feugiat lorem, quis pulvinar massa. Donec at mauris in odio commodo blandit commodo eu tellus. Nunc eu convallis mauris. Aliquam tempor ligula quis justo molestie vestibulum. Praesent vitae pellentesque neque. Cras ut luctus.
     
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    Voting is extended - 15 entries holy shit <3 - the polls will close in 11 days (Aug 10th?) as opposed to August 5th.

    At that time we'll have a Round II go up wherein the top contenders will go up in a fresh poll to determine the winner / runners-up. Each poll can take 10 options, but I expect we'll be good with voting on the best six or so to determine the winner.
     
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    Part of me wants to really study all of these entries and as a cross-section of DLP. Which themes are common? Which common themes don't show up at all?

    I mean we all just wrote stories about Harry, and I bet that we all went with "write what you want to read" to some extent as well.

    Fifteen entries is a lot more than I expected, but still I wonder what all the well known authors on site would have done with this prompt? Similar themes? Different? When you can only choose to write a snapshot of Harry, what do you take that picture of? Adventure? Combat? Romance? Adult!Harry? Kid!Harry? Hogwarts? Action? Drama? Reflection and deep thoughts?
     
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    It’s a impressive number and shows DLP is going strong!
     
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    Wouldn't say I'm well known, but the final direction I was going to try and pull together was set in an AU I came up with a while back, where Grindelwald and Dumbledore kill each other and Grindelwald's underlings take over the magical side of the war. Magical Germany and Britain remain entrenched. Tom Riddle, a promising English force, goes missing after twenty years on the front lines, and England's edge begins to spiral without the charismatic and brilliant general. Blah blah backstory skip to the comp entry opening, with Lt. Commander Harry Potter rallying the soldiers under him for a rescue mission in enemy territory-- or a final charge to reclaim land and send the enemy on the retreat. I was gonna have Tom pop up now under the other side when their wands locked and triggered priori incantatem, the only clue to the readers that yeah it's Riddle.

    But all that is just musing that never manifested in time.
     
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