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Figgy Idol

Like American Idol, only our contestants write. We are a multi-round, short story writing competition held annually-ish here on Figment. Anyone with any kind of experience is free to sign-up.

Discussion began on 02/18/2017 Lock This discussion is locked

ROUND TWO: Nothing But Silence

  • Untitled Icon-founder Ellie Williams


    Congratulations on surviving round one! I hope you all are just as excited as we are for round two. Based on the conversations I spied in the Idol Chat, I think most of you know what's coming. I'm curious to see where your imagination takes you.

    The topic we will be focusing on for this round is plot, something you should all be very familiar with as this is Writing 101. But for those of you needing a bit of a refresher, let’s break it down, shall we? The plot of your story is the interrelated events that occur throughout the timeframe of your tale. It’s the action, the meat of it--the driving force of your story. This event happened, which caused this event, and that prompted this character to make that decision that led to the epic battle scene now before you. The end. (Or is it?) Everything should link up, and we should be able to easily see the path you took when we are finished reading your story. Keep that in mind as you dive into your next prompt.

    ROUND TWO PROMPT: Nothing But Silence

    Think about the last five to ten novels you’ve read. How many of them involve the death of a prominent character? How many of those deaths broke your heart? And how many of them left you wanting more? Death scenes are one of the hardest scenes to write for some writers. I will admit that I am not immune to this curse. Authors that are afraid of these scenes tend to gloss over it and make it quick. Other writers can over embellish a death scene and make it too dramatic and cheesy. Neither of these extremes are satisfactory from a reader’s standpoint. Finding the balance is so important, and when you come across a writer who can do just that, the story will leave you a blubbering mess but feeling fulfilled.

    For this round, you must write a story in which at least one of your prominent characters dies. The story cannot end before their death nor can it begin after their death. The travesty must occur within the confines of your active plotline. How and why they die is entirely up to you.

    Since this prompt’s topic is plot, you should consider your whole story when developing the death scene. Allow it to drive your plot. Your story must have a beginning, middle, and end. We will be looking for holes and loose threads in your stories. Don’t over embellish it; keep it simple and write a fantastic death scene. I want to go through an entire box of tissues by the time I get done judging this round.

    Your stories can be any length up to 6,000 words and take place in any realm, place, or time. The deadline for this round is Monday, February 27th at 11:59PM MST. All content will be accepted. However, please don’t go too heavy on the gory, violent, or erotic details. Do not submit your links in this discussion until your story is ready to be judged (but be sure to post it before the deadline). No late entries will be accepted, and we do not offer deadline extensions. Any contestant who does not submit an entry by the deadline will be disqualified. Four contestants will be eliminated this round. It was supposed to be our only MAJOR elimination event, but in light of the previous round, it’s just the most extreme. However, it is the last round that has a high elimination count (with the exception of the final round, of course). The pressure is on!

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask them. One of us judges will respond as soon as we can.


    Just a reminder: you can stick with the judge you chose for round one, select a new judge to work with this round, or use your own resources.

    1. Paris Pearl
    2. Ducky
    3. Twinz
    4. Stephenie S

    1. Hannah E.
    2. Rachel Rauch
    3. Lois

    1. Elizabeth
    2. Sekerya Mackenzie
    3. Hazel Gatoya
    4. Adrianne Etheridge 

    *For your best review opportunity, please be sure to contact Jo before February 22nd.*
    1. Mys Marie
    2. SS

    1. Isabel
    2. Trin Aster
    3. NF Christine
    4. Abigail June


  • Chub Icon-member Hannah B. Nanna

    Yassss. Killing people is my favorite (haha).

    But an in-depth description of death certainly hits it right in the feels, man. I think the real trick here will be to see if *I* can make it through without crying.

    I think I'll take advantage of the judges this round, heh. I should probs write this early since next week is midterms :o I'll use Ellie for this round. :D

  • Profile picture Icon-member Rachel Rauch

    Can I be in Ellie's group for this round?

  • Avatar-thumb Icon-member Tootsweet

    Can be with Ellie for this round please? :)

  • E21481bc8b34a1dea9a29334f55ab390 Icon-member E. Anderson

    Can I be in Grant's group for this round?

  • Img_20170364_022218[1] Icon-member Sekerya Mackenzie

    I really wanted to use feedback groups last round, but with a swamped week, it wasn't manageable for me. :(

    Could I please be in Grant's group for this round? 

  • The fatal mistake legal Icon-non-member Isabel S.

    Can I be with Judge Tilda?


  • Untitled Icon-founder Ellie Williams

    There has been an update to the Feedback and Elimination post. It appears as though Figment was just as reluctant as I was to post the bit about eliminations and cut it completely out. I wish it would be more straight-forward and tell me when my posts are too long instead of omitting information. The error has been corrected, and everyone should meander over there to glance at it quickly. Sorry for the inconvenience. -__-

  • Inktober_day_four_peeved_by_hazelgatoya-dbpgwwt Icon-member Hazel Gatoya

    I'd like to be with Grant this round.

  • Trin_aster_pro Icon-member Trin Aster

    Tilda please!

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