Mac (capn_mactastic) wrote in mission_insane,

Technical Tables

These tables are for the more confident writer, or anybody who wants to try something new. You can choose any prompts that you’re not already using for a different table. So if you skipped the Romance Table, you can use any or all of those prompts for these two tables. And if you traded out Storm for Hurricane on the weather table, you can now use Storm here.

   Point Of View 

Basically write two fics in each narrative style, then two of your choice. Gives you a chance to play :D
01.1st Person Narrative02.2nd Person Narrative
03.3rd Person Narrative04.Inner Monologue
05.1st Person Narrative06.2nd Person Narrative
07.3rd Person Narrative08.Inner Monologue
09.Writer’s Choice10.Writer’s Choice

    Size Matters

 Exactly what it says on the tin. Use any unused prompts as inspiration to complete fics of different lengths. For the purposes of this challenge a drabble is 100 words, a ficlet is 500 words and an Epic is 10k or over. I’m not going to get the wordcounter out, but be sensible. 


  Frame Story

 A Frame-Story is a story which interlinks several other stories. Think along the lines of the tale of Scheherezade in 1001 Arabian Nights. She is the storyteller, but she is also a character. This challenge is to produce either one or two Frame Story/ies. Pick ten prompts from the tables, choose one to inspire your frame story, then up to nine to inspire stories within that story. Remember you have to mop up any left-over prompts with your second story (if you do one).
01.Frame Story02.Nested Story
03.Nested Story04.Nested Story
05.Nested Story06.Writer's Choice
07.Nested Story08.Nested Story
09.Nested Story10.Nested Story

More examples would be the movies: Cat's Eye (the Cat's story is the Frame, the anthology stories that the cat drifts through are the nested stories) and Four Rooms (Both the Bell Hop and The Hotel count as Frames, the nested stories are what's going on in the rooms, in this case filmed by four different directors). And in television, Quantum Leap is a prime example, Dr Samuel Becketts' attempts to get home is the frame, but each week you have a new anthology story, with a new set of characters. Equally, Tales of the Unexpected is not a Frame Story, it's an anthology, there is no story interlinking them all.


Fumblerules are a set of grammatical rules, set in bad grammar. This part of the challenge involves writing a sentence using your claim, for each of the fumblerules. So Spel chex yor wurk might become Moe liks chese. Completing this list counts as one table, it's harder than it looks.   BIG STONKING EDIT:  It has come to my attention that somebody thinks I wrote these.  I didn't.  They've been around in one form or another since being first created by George L. Trigg in 1979.  And I would also just like to take this opportunity to distance myself from the prat who's been copy/pasting my instructions here into reviews at and calling it 'constructive criticism'.  Dude, seriously, please take my screen-name off your fail.

1. Avoid run-on sentences they are hard to read. 
2. Don't use no double negatives.
3. Use the semicolon properly, always use it where it is appropriate; and never where it isn't. 
4. Reserve the apostrophe for it's proper use and omit it when its not needed. 
5. Do not put statements in the negative form. 
6. Verbs has to agree with their subjects. 
7. No sentence fragments. 
8. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out. 
9. Avoid commas, that are not necessary. 
10. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing. 
11. A writer must not shift your point of view. 
12. In my opinion, I think that an author when he is writing should definitely not get into the habit of making use of too many unnecessary words that he does not really need in order to put his message across 
13. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction. 
14. Don't overuse exclamation marks!!! 
15. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents. 
16. Hyphenate between sy-llables and avoid un-necessary hyphens. 
17. Write all adverbial forms correct. 18. Don't use contractions in formal writing. 
19. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided. 
20. It is incumbent on us to avoid archaisms. 
21. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is. 
22. Steer clear of incorrect forms of verbs that have snuck into the language. 
23. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixed metaphors. 
24. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky. 
25. Never, ever use repetitive redundancies. 
26. Analogies in non-fiction are like feathers on a snake 
27. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing. 
28. If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times, resist hyperbole. 
29. Also, avoid awkward or affected alliteration. 
30. Don't string too many prepositional phrases together unless you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death. 
31. One-word sentences? Exterminate! 
32. Spel chex yor wurk. 
33. "Avoid overuse of 'quotation "marks."'" 
34. The adverb always follows the verb. 
35. Last but not least, avoid clichés like the plague; seek viable alternatives 
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