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Sandra Elstree.
Posted: February 3rd, 2019, 12:24am Report to Moderator
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What if the Hokey Pokey, IS what it's all about?

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It's been a long time Sandra.  Nice to see you back in the fold.  You were missed.



Thank you a bunch! It's always good to feel one's missed. I enjoy the work, but I hate the stress. Everything has its downside.

Who would ever think that writing is stressful?

Sandra



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Zack
Posted: February 3rd, 2019, 12:39am Report to Moderator
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Hey Sandra, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you should probably avoid mine.

Not sure if you read it yet, I'm waiting to look at the no doubt ridiculously negative reviews. Lol. But please know that I did try to meet the challenge. This is far and away the hardest challenge I've ever taken part in. Romcoms simply aren't my thing.  

I'll pm you and reveal what I wrote so you know to avoid it.

And by the way, ditto what _ghostrider said. It's nice to see you back.

Zack


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Sandra Elstree.
Posted: February 3rd, 2019, 12:59am Report to Moderator
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Quoted from Zack
Hey Sandra, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you should probably avoid mine.

Not sure if you read it yet, I'm waiting to look at the no doubt ridiculously negative reviews. Lol. But please know that I did try to meet the challenge. This is far and away the hardest challenge I've ever taken part in. Romcoms simply aren't my thing. ;P

I'll pm you and reveal what I wrote so you know to avoid it.

And by the way, ditto what _ghostrider said. It's nice to see you back.

Zack


No worries, Zack.   Never feel that you can't have fun. Go out on that limb! It adds excitement.

My comment was made more for people who "know" they're going overboard, and maybe step over the line. What IS that line? I don't know. Your guess is as good as mine, but it's just that feeling you get sometimes... like:

Somebody is playing ball on an ice-rink and calling it badmington.

Sandra




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khamanna
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I respect your feelings, Sandra. I don't know how badly the rules were bent since I read just one but:

I noticed one thing - when we disrespect the rules for the OWC's that are in horror/sci-fi and alike genres people get very squirmy and complain a lot.

But now most say let's be kind on this one. I wonder why.
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Warren
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I feel like I'm playing all by myself. I guess most of you are a sleep, being the time difference and all.


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Warren
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Quoted from khamanna


But now most say let's be kind on this one. I wonder why.


I don't know, but I'd say it's because of the genre. Comedy is tough, believable romance and creating an intimate connection is tough. Throw the two together and rom com is hard.

I realise I am a horror writer, but I do genuinely believe it's a much easier genre to write in.

Hats off to anyone that can excel with rom coms.


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IamGlenn
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Yeah, mine, like many others, is getting noted as not being a true rom-com and it definitely isn't. I think it's romantic enough but getting comedy into it was tough.

I've written one out and out comedy and it was actually pretty well received on here, but I find it tough. I mostly have to go dark even with romance stories.

Fair play to the proper rom-com writers here. It's hard work.


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Mr. Blonde
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Quoted from Warren
I don't know, but I'd say it's because of the genre. Comedy is tough, believable romance and creating an intimate connection is tough. Throw the two together and rom com is hard.

I realise I am a horror writer, but I do genuinely believe it's a much easier genre to write in.

Hats off to anyone that can excel with rom coms.


Most importantly, romance and comedy are two strictly character-based genres. The less pages you have to work with, the harder it is to create characters people connect with. Then, it still have to be funny and it still has to have a point.


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Matthew Taylor
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Quoted from IamGlenn
Yeah, mine, like many others, is getting noted as not being a true rom-com and it definitely isn't. I think it's romantic enough but getting comedy into it was tough.

I've written one out and out comedy and it was actually pretty well received on here, but I find it tough. I mostly have to go dark even with romance stories.

Fair play to the proper rom-com writers here. It's hard work.


I am beginning to question what I think a Rom-Com actually is. I don't think I've actually seen one which doesn't help.

I was hoping to be romantically moved by some, I haven't been yet - Think I might be emotionally dead inside.

Trying to get through these and stay consistent with my marking is tougher than I thought it would be - I've started trying to rank them in order as I go.

I'm loving the buzz around the place though



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eldave1
Posted: February 3rd, 2019, 11:41am Report to Moderator
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Quoted from Sandra Elstree.


No worries, Zack.   Never feel that you can't have fun. Go out on that limb! It adds excitement.

My comment was made more for people who "know" they're going overboard, and maybe step over the line. What IS that line? I don't know. Your guess is as good as mine, but it's just that feeling you get sometimes... like:

Somebody is playing ball on an ice-rink and calling it badmington.

Sandra



I have been more liberal on this one in terms of the parameters than other OWCs. Normally, I am pretty much a stickler in that area. On my own personal scorecard I think I have DQ'd several entries in all of the prior OWC's.  I am far less rigid on this one.

That being said, of the 20 I have read so far there were some that struggled with the parameters. There is:

Genre bending - i.e., we're you can tell romance was not the central theme of the story and was merely a device to bend it to a genre that the writer was more comfortable with (e.g., horror, sci-fi, etc).

Where the roses, candy, chocolates beared no weight on the story line or the characters and were mere drop ins to meet the requirement.  

But I accepted all of these. However, I will consider degree of difficulty in assessing what to score them. i.e., those that strictly adhered to the requirements took a more difficult path than those that didn't.  They'll get more credit for that in my book.

I'm a bit more liberal on this one because I think Rom-com is a tough thing to do in ten pages. It is my favorite genre, but so much of it is about character interaction and that takes a lot of pages to establish. Like in As Good as It Gets - you don't get to funny stuff until you've really got an understanding of the three major players.

So I am really liberal when it comes to did it make me laugh. Almost to the point as if it was purposefully dark - okay. I have been disappointed a bit in how cavalier the roses, candy and red are woven in - like they were an after thought. But again, I think peeps struggle so much with this genre I am even more acceptable there.

The great news is that I have not seen a 4 pager or an 11 pager yet



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eldave1
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Quoted from Warren
I feel like I'm playing all by myself. I guess most of you are a sleep, being the time difference and all.


Because you are on the wrong side of the planet


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Mr. Blonde
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Because you are on the wrong side of the planet


Yeah, Libby's side. Lol.


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Dreamscale
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The only positive feedback mine has came from me.  That's never a good sign...


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Zack
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Hey guys, I've got tomorrow off and will throw myself into these bad boys then.

On another note, I finally worked up the courage to look at my scripts reviews and... Just as I suspected. It's getting crushed. Lol. Funny enough, the only semi-positive review is from Jeff, believe it or not.

Zack


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eldave1
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The only positive feedback mine has came from me.  That's never a good sign...


sounds like you should have listened to the girlfriend


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