Shapeshifting Winners of #105

May 16, 2017

Well, hello again, Ghoul Friends!

We had quite the week of writing here at GGP.

So, thank YOU for that!

Personally, I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately, though not always for challenges. It’s been odds-and-ends kind of stuff. Stream of consciousness poetry. Experimental ways of storytelling in really, really, short stories (like, more than a thousand words, but way less than six thousand). One thing I’ve been questioning lately, though, is how much can a reader take before it comes across like nonsensical rambling or like I don’t know what I’m talking about? Let me explain. I wrote a piece recently that started out as a story about a car accident involving a family, and it turned into this examination of love and acceptance, of anger and resentment, and it was told through first-person narratives by four different people, ending with a fourth party outside the family who used a lot of jargon that I had only ever heard on television. It all streamed together after a lot of research, and I thoroughly understood what the character was saying. But, what about my audience? Are they going to sit there scratching their head, wondering what the heck a myocardial contusion is? As writers, we must be aware of context. We can’t always over explain information, providing details after a comma to emphasize and detail something like I’m actively doing right now, because if we provide enough context around the unfamiliar words and phrases then our audience is likely able to infer and determine a meaning without being educated on the terms. I try to keep this in mind as I write, especially when I’m having to do a lot of research for a single story. So, I’d like your thoughts on the matter: How do you utilize context and context clues to help distinguish a term or phrase that might be unfamiliar to the vast majority of your audience? Do you rely on context, or do you go for the extra details to explain it all in layman terms? Do you sometimes fear that the material you’ve been making up this whole time may come out as nonsensical rambling to your audience? As writers, how might we combat that? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below, and let’s start a conversation!

Alright! Are you Ghouls ready?! The winners of the SHAPESHIFTING 13 CHALLENGE #105 are:

1st: Sammy of The Hero’s Asylum with Void. Great job! Don’t forget to grab that winner’s badge! (We’ll post in the comments once the winner’s badge has been updated. It will be a little while.)
2nd: Susan of The Abject Muse with Apart From Genetics.
 3rd: Ilya of Eels are Manatees with He, at last rites.


Give yourselves a pat on the back! Check back in tomorrow for our Shapeshifting 13 Challenge #106 where your word limit will be 52 words.

Until next time, au revoir, and SHARE THE GEEKDOM!


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