Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"Ascension" Short Fiction Contest

There's this cool short fiction contest going on here. You'll find some fantastic works there. None of the stories are more than 250 words; short flings you wouldn't mind indulging in.

Yes, there's an entry from BrownPhantom too here. He is the new kid on the block and it's his first attempt at writing. And it shows. I think the underlying idea is decent, but the composition is crude and technically weak when you compare them with some excellent contributions there. Still, have a look at it; you would have read a trashy post on this blog anyway.

It was an interesting experience with unique challenge of keeping within the word limit. I first wrote the piece and then counted the words to be 400. So I had to eliminate a few points and chop some of the sentences which sort of left me with the same feeling that girls have when they are smitten with that expensive dress near the window but settle for the one kept back in third row that lies within their budget.

I realized that I should have always kept the word-limit in mind and paced the piece accordingly. What happened was that I invited the whole group for a ride but the driver later on brought a smaller taxi; unwilling to deny any of them a place I requested each one of them to adjust which led to every one's discomfort and two of them left fuming.

All said and done, I enjoyed the experience and am already waiting for the next one. Also, couldn't stop reading the other stories. It's a great display of varying perspectives that human mind conjures from a same source. It is surreal. Thank to Jason Evans who is the creator of the blog and the contest.

7 comments:

pravu said...

Its one of the top posts there and among the better posts of you. It left me with little hangover :)

Kunjal said...

Hi!!just peeped here and must say I am impressed and will be doing more often in future:)
I like your story as well as the way you posted it in your blog.I was reading it and was thinking that it happened with me too but I couldn't give words to it!!
I totally agree with pravu your story is the most "hatke"

bindu said...

Will check out your story. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!

JR's Thumbprints said...

It's not easy chopping words from a story. What do you keep? What do you throw out? At 250 words, each damn one counts. If you're interested, a visual representation of "If You'd Only Pay Attention" can be found at my blog. Good luck!

TinTin said...

This one tops your list.. the story.. surrealistic as you said.. Altho some bits flew over me... but kehna padega..."Maar hi daaloge" ...

i could smell bee post in this.. and vinny one.. your characterization techniques for the inanimated ones are supreme !

BrownPhantom said...

Thanks guys :).

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