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28 February 2011 @ 07:22 pm
 I have to write a 1500 word (or less) piece of fiction for a scholarship application.  By tomorrow.  

All I can think of is telepathic space pirates, which won't get me the scholarship, sadly.  Past winners include a story about a girl and her prize winning fair entry, and an odd story that involves someone who believes he's Jesus.  I just really doubt space pirates are for the win.  I have thought about adapting one of my old drabbles for it - I could do something similar to my Jack-Bristow-at-Christmas drabble, but expanded a bit and with the serial numbers filed off, so to speak.  

IDK.  1500 words isn't a lot to work with.  I'd love some tossed out ideas, if anyone has a few.
Pouncerthepouncer on March 1st, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
Random passer-by here. I suggest surfing, ice tea, and turquoise. (I don't know -- sometimes prompt words help me. Good luck!)
roseaponiroseaponi on March 1st, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
My recipe:

Take something that freaks you out.

In my case, spiders - aughhhh! Ick! EEEeeek!
What is it about spiders that gets such a visceral reaction from me? The legs, the eyes, the sticky webs, the furry ones (but then, the non-furry ones are _more awful_), and the way they _crawl_. Moving spiders are definitely worse.

Now identify with it.

Ugh. Okay, right now I have a poem to work on about some aspect of the Snow White story. I don't normally do poetry, which is why I'm incorporating spider imagery. In my poem, the comb (before the apple) is personified and takes on spider traits. I find it extremely disturbing, and I know I'm stretching my abilities to write it.

After that, there's not much else to do but make sure your words and your technique are powerful.

So anyway, that's my method. Hope it helps :)