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What he said


What he said results are here

A Flipside exercise

Hosted by [SleepingDragon]


This is an exercise about writing dialog. A common thorn in our side when writing such passages is over use of the word "said". This can make the writing seem stilted and unimaginative, interupting the flow for the reader. We will therefore try an exercise wherein you are limited in your use of "said"s


Criteria for submission

1. 500-2000 words, Primarily dialog. You may have a few short paragraphs to move things along and keep action going.

2. Use the word 'said' no more than 3 times in the passage.

3. If You do use the word 'said', it should be preceeded by or followed by an adverb. Ex: Lara said sheepishly, Larry compliantly said.

4. Don't overuse other words just to compensate. We don't need 1000 words of people 'shouting' back and forth. That's just as bad as over use of 'said'. Try to mix it up some.

5. While it is normally acceptable to write dialog without any descriptive verbiage at all, please don't over use this approach here.

6. Use any theme or genre but keep it clean enough for 12 year olds please.

7. Deadline, January 31st, 2006- midnight.


Example:[SleepingDragon]: 268.Master and Student
- 576 words

In the above example, I have used the word "said" once and have one fairly short paragrah without dialog.


Prize: I will read and crit any piece of your work up to 10,000 words by Feb 28th, 2006.

Also...The top 3 will receive one of these three badges for their Writersco page!




1.[Kuzco] - 212.Competition entry - 1155
2.[Mister Saint] - 79.Contest Entries.No Said 425
3.[Akayume]-202.NO said contest entery-508

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1. [Mister Saint]
2. [Kuzco]
4. [Yaumi]

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2006-01-24 [SleepingDragon]: Thanks. I was kinda worried it sucked a little

2006-01-24 [Kuzco]: It was good, but personally I think a little incomplete. For example, as usefull as it is in the topics it aproaches, it didn't mention the very thing you're judging on this contest, repeating something throwing off the reader's momentum: which obviously you know about and can mention otherwise, this wiki came from some split personality of yours or something ;)

2006-01-25 [SleepingDragon]: lol! yea, good point. I did say not to go "he said she said" down the page though. But thanks for the input. Maybe I'll add to the wiki at some point :)

2006-01-31 [SleepingDragon]: Reminder: One day left

2006-01-31 [Yaumi]: Whaaa! I can't make it! TT^TT Buuuu!!!

2006-01-31 [Akayume]: *bites nails* I feel kinda...stupid...

2006-01-31 [Kuzco]: what? why?

2006-01-31 [Akayume]: writing isnt nearly as good as the others who have entered here....

2006-01-31 [SleepingDragon]: Say what? I'm actually not looking forward to judging this. By the criteria methinks it's going to be close

2006-01-31 [Akayume]: meh. I dont have as much experianace..and i use the same describing words over and over. I'm not saying that i hate what i wrote, i just dont think its very good compared to what i could do.

2006-01-31 [Kuzco]: Practice makes perfect. I felt the same as you on other contests. Just be cool, you're already better than most of us were at your age. I think I can say that...:P pretty sure, not 100% but pretty sure.

2006-01-31 [Akayume]: and isnt midnite....midnight?

2006-01-31 [Akayume]: thanks^^ andyou're right. even if i dont win, i'll have more experiance under my belt

2006-01-31 [Kuzco]: And it'll keep on adding :P trust an english writting portuguese on that. :)

2006-01-31 [SleepingDragon]: Don't worry too much about the midnite thing. People have different time zones and I won't start on the judging till the morning.

2006-01-31 [Akayume]: no, I mean how its spelt.

2006-02-01 [SleepingDragon]: fixed

2006-02-01 [Akayume]: ^^ sorry, I'm wierd like that><

2006-02-01 [SleepingDragon]: No, it's cool. Thanks for the catch. [Mister Saint] caught me earlier. I had it set to 2005. we were all running a tad late :)

2006-02-01 [SleepingDragon]: What He Said Results are here. Congrats everyone!

2006-06-01 [Akayume]: you should do this again was really fun!! ^^

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