Gaioumonbatou's Workshop: Results

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November 2nd, 2008

A word from Writers-Workshop:

With both of our staff members concentrating on the nasty old NaNoWriMo, we're expecting a lot of our members are too. However despite this, we are pleased to see again some very strong entries, some of the strongest for what was a positively difficult workshop task and a great grasp of the existentialist style. Well done to everyone who pariciapted.

There wasn't one person who stood out for critique this time, however we want to say a huge thank you to those who spend the time to look at people's submissions to each workshop. We're always grateful for your consistent enthusiasm and often very helpful and constructive critiques.

GaioumonBatou's Comments

I was blown away by how different each of the seven entries were from one another. I am glad to see so much variance between each of the entries, especially considering that they were all based on the same general plot idea. I think that to a large degree, everyone got the concepts of existentialism very well, and I enjoyed seeing what made the characters continue, and what made them tick and do something drastic.

I wasn't planning on having any top picks, as I genuinely enjoyed all seven entries. However, I think that there were two pieces that really captured the ideas behind existentialism, that being Jimi Plays the Blues... by buildingsforbrains and PING by CyberPhantom. CyberPhantom's piece had lines such as "Stripped of his keys, he was nothing" that really help to bring about the character's realization that he has no purpose in the world around him, thus leading to his end, whereas buildingsforbrains took great use of the colors of the areas around the character to help do so. Colors (more commonly, shades of gray) are incredibly common within the realm of existentialism, as it represents the unknown, the lack of anything specific within it. buildingsforbrains has done an excellent job with this, taking the characters around Jimi and making them colorful, but showing Jimi's thoughts and perception of things as gray.

I want to thank you guys for taking part in the workshop. I was a bit worried that there wouldn't be very many entries, considering the subject matter. However, I had a wonderful time hosting, and an even more wonderful time reading. I hope you guys enjoyed writing as well. :)

Congratulations everyone and thank you for your hard work! Look out for our news article and journal with our next workshop, ' Punctuation with purpose' by LaMonaca!

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