Discussion Thread -- June 2018 75-word Writing Challenge

Parson

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Judging by the mid-month silence.... Everyone must be like me. I have nothing for this challenge. We have a genre "Horror" which I avoid reading like the plague, and a topic technology which I love and always think people see way too much wrong in what's usually right about it. So I have something I don't want to make sound bad in genre where bad is what's expected. SIGH!
 

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Sorry Parson, and to anyone who might find the Challenge genre offensive, or uninspiring. :( I've written, I think, some of my best Challenge stories when I was writing outside of my comfort zone, but I hadn't considered that this was a genre that might prove unpopular.

Are there other ways to approach this Challenge? Though I went bloody/gross-out, there are other types of horror. But apologies if this month is too much of a downer for folks.
 

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Sorry Parson, and to anyone who might find the Challenge genre offensive, or uninspiring. :( I've written, I think, some of my best Challenge stories when I was writing outside of my comfort zone, but I hadn't considered that this was a genre that might prove unpopular.

Are there other ways to approach this Challenge? Though I went bloody/gross-out, there are other types of horror. But apologies if this month is too much of a downer for folks.
I found it an interesting subject, but then I personally don't consider scientific innovation that great a benefit for humanity in the long term so it suited my cheerful temperament.
 

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Well I'm in!

I did find this hard, and was dissatisfied with my story, feeling that it did not fit the genre in the way that I would have liked, but I'm not a writer* and feel obliged to honour whatever story comes to me: just grateful to produce one.

However, looking through the entries, I see several that I think very good.

*Please note: though I am not a writer and profess no ambition to be one, secretly a part of me would be delighted (briefly) if the world were suddenly to gasp in wonder at the brilliance of my stories.
 

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Well I'm in!

I did find this hard, and was dissatisfied with my story, feeling that it did not fit the genre in the way that I would have liked, but I'm not a writer* and feel obliged to honour whatever story comes to me: just grateful to produce one.

However, looking through the entries, I see several that I think very good.

*Please note: though I am not a writer and profess no ambition to be one, secretly a part of me would be delighted (briefly) if the world were suddenly to gasp in wonder at the brilliance of my stories.
Gasp!*

*My opinion being worth at least that of the world.
 
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Judging by the mid-month silence.... Everyone must be like me. I have nothing for this challenge. We have a genre "Horror" which I avoid reading like the plague, and a topic technology which I love and always think people see way too much wrong in what's usually right about it. So I have something I don't want to make sound bad in genre where bad is what's expected. SIGH!
Come now, sir. 'Horror' in a 75 word story is nothing more than a horrific element or punchline. Certainly you can think of books you like with horror elements - human sacrifice, people being swallowed alive by sea monsters, people being nailed to trees, etc.
 

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Sorry Parson, and to anyone who might find the Challenge genre offensive, or uninspiring. :( I've written, I think, some of my best Challenge stories when I was writing outside of my comfort zone, but I hadn't considered that this was a genre that might prove unpopular.

Are there other ways to approach this Challenge? Though I went bloody/gross-out, there are other types of horror. But apologies if this month is too much of a downer for folks.
@Cat's Cradle --- You are apologizing too much! I have done horror before even though I do not intentionally read any of it. ---- Hm, I guess years ago I did read some Edgar Allan Poe without it being assigned. My problem is the linkage of the two. I really, really, like technology and having that be the stimulus for horror ..... well it doesn't work well for me. But I will most certainly try to come up with something. I've never intentionally not entered one of these 75 word challenges.


Come now, sir. 'Horror' in a 75 word story is nothing more than a horrific element or punchline. Certainly you can think of books you like with horror elements - human sacrifice, people being swallowed alive by sea monsters, people being nailed to trees, etc.
Certainly I can, I've read a lot of S.F., a lot of historical works, and a lot of thrillers, but the purpose of these horror elements was not simply to evoke cringes, or at least I didn't see it that way. My wife and I always shake our heads at a trailer or an ad for a horror flick, and say "Why would anyone willingly go see something like that?"
 

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Picked a tricky month to start taking part in the challenges again! My first few attempts ended up reading more like entries for the Darwin awards than horror stories...
 

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