The morning rose over the mountains, the wind whipping the sand around like mini tornadoes dancing to nature’s barren ballet. The sun peeked through the small window and into the basement that the inhabitants of Defiance called home. It eventually reached Savis’ eyes, blinding him and waking him up. He sat up and grumbled “over ninety million miles away and it has perfect aim.” Savis stood up off the bed and moved towards his closet. Continue reading Flashback week competition runner-up – Savis from Nova Lux
Conflict and drama make great stories. This drama doesn’t have to be current though, your character could have already been through turmoil and lived to tell the tale. This gives your character a rich and interesting backstory, so why not show these times or turmoil as a flashback? Continue reading Ideas for powerful flashbacks
Flashback week contained many, many entries, and quite a few judges. Every judge is sure to have different opinions, but here are some thoughts I had, along with some tips and common traps.
Spelling And Grammar
While the Flashback Contest had no rules regarding spelling and grammar (“SPaG”), the contest is about writing – and the English language has plenty of rules and nuances. SPaG issues get in the way of reading the story properly, distract the reader, disrupt train of thought, and sometimes even convey the wrong notion. While your fellow roleplayers probably won’t mind them in a roleplay, the Flashback Contest is a contest ; you are competing against your peers. Continue reading Writing Better Flashbacks
I’m posting this on the final day of Flashback Week 2013. We’ve had loads of fantastic entries submitted so far, but there’s still some time to submit yours if you haven’t already as the deadline is midnight tonight (7th September). And you still have a chance of winning! Submit your entry here.
I’ll be contacting the judges and collecting votes to find the best story, which I’ll announce asap but most likely next weekend. If you’d like to be emailed with the announcement, subscribe to our blog (if you aren’t already), and you’ll be the first to know. Continue reading The end of Flashback week