As you may have expected, the focus of this contest is to produce something that makes people get the feels. The lower end of this scale would just be to make some characters have a real sad backstory, or to kill off poor Timmy the orphan. But you're all better than that. The better way to approach this would be to have tragic or bittersweet endings, however the tears don't have to be tethered to the ending.
The most important objective here is to make the reader sympathetic to your characters, as that's the only real way they'll care enough about them to possibly feel for them.
The genre doesn't matter, although for obvious reasons Romance is the easiest target.
This thread will detail my attempt at completing the above goal. I'll be going for the ultimate goal of having the judges cry their eyes out, so this will definitely be an ambitious story in that regard.
As of now, my story will take place in the same world as The Lost Realm, but it will NOT require reading The Lost Realm. It will be a completely different story with the only similarity being the world in which the story takes place.
In my early stages of planning, I've decided to have the protagonist be a deity of sorts. A female one at that. If this plan is confirmed, then it'll be my first female protagonist, so therein lies my other challenge.
I will attempt to write at least 10k words every week starting the week of April 1st. Until that point I will taking my time planning.
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS POST
Words: 0/at least 150k?
Quick! Someone toss me some pom-poms.
Sorry, but your application to Ebon's cheerleading squad has been rejected. Try again next year!
If further interest is still shown, then see my head cheerleader for further training.
I'll just cheer you on whether you like it or not. I'll start my own fanclub and get Digit to help me make flyers, and posters... and, and little EbonVasilis dolls n stuff.
It's purpose is to create yet another way for me to be reminded that I have to do this, which, in fact, motivates me to do things.
Alright. The time has come to start, and I've completely axed the idea I spent the last two weeks planning. It's time for me to write and I haven't the slightest plan written down. My enemies have surrounded, allies have been lost, and I'm not sure if I'll be able to reach my word count goal, let alone make the judges cry.
In short, this should be fun.
I'll probably be busy the latter half of May, so I'll likely end up having to finish everything up by the middle of May. But yeah, I still have a little bit of time to spare planning...
Well, I guess I should probably update this given my progress.
Spring Thing contest take three:
I've decided to put my first two plans aside, and instead start planning/fleshing out a new idea I had recently. Word count drops back to zero, and all progress made on my other ideas will be set aside in view of this new totally not another generic fantasy idea that I've had.
150k goal is nearly impossible for me now because of the school year ending/graduation, and all the stuff I have to do because of that. Don't get me wrong, I'll still win, but it'll just be hellish trying to get this story out. In any case, I should probably just get to writing...