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Old Jun 26th, 2021, 10:21 PM
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Intimidated as always by the competition!
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Old Jun 26th, 2021, 11:39 PM
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Going to be fun when we see the results thread.
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Old Jun 28th, 2021, 02:32 PM
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Bleh. It's frustrating when you carefully wrote your backstory, gave it an editing pass, then went back the next day to re-edit it... and then when you go back to re-read it alongside the other entries, discover that you just sort of omitted the main word from a sentence.

Or, I suppose, as the Canberra Editor put it, "if a mistake is as plain as the nose on your face, everyone can see it but you."
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Old Jun 28th, 2021, 02:35 PM
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I'm really bugged by the most obvious typo ever in my own application as well. Hopefully I'll be allowed to fix that if I make it into the next round.
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Old Jun 28th, 2021, 02:51 PM
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All my ugly typos are there for everyone to see, point, and sneer at for all eternity from a past competition.

I wouldn't stress a few here or there. The competition is too long to stress them all and there will be more.

Try and enjoy yourself. That's my main advice.
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Old Jun 28th, 2021, 07:01 PM
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Yeah, we'll always have plenty of new and original opportunities to make fools of ourselves
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Old Jun 28th, 2021, 07:16 PM
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Yeah, we'll always have plenty of new and original opportunities to make fools of ourselves
And don't worry, we Judges are here to provide you the service of pointing out each and every one...and you get that for free too

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All my ugly typos are there for everyone to see, point, and sneer at for all eternity from a past competition.

I wouldn't stress a few here or there. The competition is too long to stress them all and there will be more.

Try and enjoy yourself. That's my main advice.
If it makes you feel any better, I am usually got for 2 typos per word. 4 if I am using voice to text. I mean, that is how we get things like Sir Ethan vs. Sir Ether.
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Oh yeah, usually there's an hour given after a post to make any needed edits. I'm not known as a neat and tidy speller.

Kind of out of curiousity, I'm guessing what's happening now is the judges are discussing whose made a viable character or not and once they get the viable character list figured out the list is going to get a light trim. Just enough to have the number of players be divisible by 4 or 8 depending on how they want to handle the brackets. Am I close?
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I hate it when I make typos, so I'm hoping there aren't any of those!

My style tends towards long sentences, especially when I'm writing in a character's voice (this character is a talker). Sometimes judges don't like that; I've been dinged for it in previous years. Do I change my style to please the judges, or do I "just do me"? Decisions...
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I'd say stick with your style Lockwood, gives me a better shot

As for typos I find that sometimes I stare at the thing for so long that the ocasional one becomes invisible by the 700th re read!.I'm always amazed how many I didin't spot when I move it from the word doc to the prieview!
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I find Grammarly (browser extension) helps a lot. Catches the really stupid mistakes right away so you can focus on context and grammar.

As for styling, I'd stay keep doing you. If you have a consistent voice, that tends to add to the impression of the character more than trying to guess at what the judges are looking for, and you'll be able to do your best work if you're comfortable. Some people are going to like it, and some aren't, but if *you* like it, then your experience is better overall.
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Old Jun 29th, 2021, 10:45 AM
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I'll also add that pandering to the judge's taste isn't really possible, or wise, with so many judges. We are all focusing on different things as we work our way through the entries.

As our beloved taskmaster said, "Also, yes. People will have very different ideas of what they like, and what they don't. If all of you gave the exact same scores for everything, we would only need 1 judge. "
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Old Jun 29th, 2021, 11:01 AM
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I'll also add that pandering to the judge's taste isn't really possible, or wise, with so many judges. We are all focusing on different things as we work our way through the entries.
No, see Imveros is completely wrong here. Pandering to me is strongly encouraged

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Old Jun 29th, 2021, 11:27 AM
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Oh yeah, don’t try to pander. It won’t work. The ways of the judges are too mysterious. Believe me, learned that the hard way.
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