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“It’s very easy to quit during the first ten years of writing. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.” Andre Dubus

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Announcing the Post of the Week for Romantic Friday Writers - Challenge No 1 - theme, Dire Moment

Firstly I apologise that this is basically the same post you will find here on the Romantic Friday Writers blog.

Hello members, stalkers and all romantic fiction writers! Just a short post to encourage you to post a romantic story on your blog on Friday 13 May. The first of the weekly challenges is on the theme, Dire Moment. It doesn't have to be all wine, roses and kisses, but there must be a strong romantic element.

Your entry can be any romantic work of fiction - a new Flash Fiction, an excerpt, a poem etc, all including at least one dire moment.

Word limit is 400 words. It is good to get used to adhering to a word limit as many competitions ask for a specific number of words. Sometimes it is exactly the number, sometimes it's a few words over. I'd be hoping all entries can be maxed out at 410 words or less.

I've been working on an old story I've had written for some time that fits the criteria. I've cut it from over 2,000 words to a 420 word exerpt, and hope to have 400 words by Friday 13. As you edit, you get to see what really counts. That's why I adore flash fiction! Great writing exercise.

So, please don't be confused. You don't actually have to be a member to post a story (but we would love it if you commit to our group.) Think of Romantic Friday Writers as a weekly blogfest which you don't always have to enter, if that helps! Simply write and edit your story to 400 words and post it on your blog as per our guidelines (posting our linked badge etc) on Friday 13, any time zone (Aussies will probably be first!) That gives readers the weekend and early next week to read/critique/give feedback to EVERYONE!

Remember to put Romantic Friday Writers in the Title bar and advertise on twitter if you have a twitter account - just tweet that you have posted your #romanticfridaywriters story and include your link. Don't forget the hashtag, no spaces and your web address. You can also leave a comment here today, or at Francine's Romancing the Blog, or on the Romantic Friday Writers blog to tell us you plan to post and leave your blog address. Just find a way to make it clear to us that you have a story out there waiting to be read!

Francine and I are so looking forward to reading your stories/poems. Go Romantic Friday Writers, Go!





PS - Now we have to get our heads together for next week's challenge - announced Friday 13!



8 comments:

  1. I'll be there, Lord willing. I have a segment already picked out. Here's hoping for dire moments that end in love, Roland

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  2. I've got the idea in my head, hope to get it to paper today.

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  3. If I ever wrote something romantic, it would definitely be an event!

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  4. hi miss denise! yikes! romatic! ack! i dont even much like girls. ha ha. but i like you and your a girl so i could say for sure theres some girls i could like.:)but for sure i dont know not one thing bout writing lovey dovey mushy gushy stuff.
    ...grins and hugs from lenny

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  5. Roland: Can't wait for your dire moment!

    Kittie: This will be good.

    Alex: Well I was hoping you honed your skills for Byron's romance.

    lenny: I understand. Maybe you will read and learn, hey?

    Denise<3

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  6. You just made my night with your comment! I don't want you to disappear from the blogosphere either!

    I'm SO tired tonight I don't think I can come up with anything romantic. But I do have a poem I wrote years ago that I think is dire. I'll try it, if I get this all straight about posting. I guess the world won't stop turning if I don't!

    You're wonderful. I count you as one of my best friends! (I read your comment aloud, and Jen said, She's so nice.)
    Ann Best, Memoir Author

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  7. You just made my day too Ann and Jen. I've just finished writing the blog tag. I'll post it next week.

    I'm looking forward to your poem!

    Denise<3

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  8. Hi, Denise. If you read this sometime soon.... It's 12:48 in the USofA, and it looks like Blogger is finally up and running again. But, they've lost a lot of our comments!

    I've been thinking a lot lately about trying to do WordPress. I've read how it's more flexible and that they've made it simpler (since I started blogging a year ago). So I just set one up. But, I don't want to lose my blogger followers. Thinking about it, there are maybe 50 at the most out of 300 that keep track of me and I keep track of them. So I'm going to see if I can route them to my new site. It IS up and running. I'm just trying to figure out the basics, again. I was LOST a year ago, but now after Blogger, I can see they both work on the same principles.

    And Blogger messed up our Friday. Maybe you should announce the beginning of romance Friday for next Friday! See, it's Friday the 13th. That confirms it for Jen. The old Jen was very superstitious about this. And today is also my birthday. Age 71 (but not until eight o'clock!). I was going to put up something cute, a card Jen made for my 50th birthday; I think it's a classic. I'm going to see how it comes up on my new site: http://annbestmemoirwriter.com

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