« Week #97 - Neither Tarnished Nor Afraid »

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Date: 6-9-2014
Word Limit: 1250
Words Written: 20,207

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    Raymond Chandler posted:
    In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption. It may be pure tragedy, if it is high tragedy, and it may be pity and irony, and it may be the raucous laughter of the strong man. But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.

This week you are going to ruin one of my favorite quotes for me.

Let me rephrase that.

This week you are not repeat not going to ruin one of my favorite quotes for me.

I want stories about good people in a time or place or world that isn't kind to good people. Your protagonist need not be a saint, but there should be something tangible to admire about them. Likewise, your world need not be a nightmarish dystopia, but there must be something about your setting that makes it difficult to be that specific sort of admirable person. Make me believe that your protagonist is struggling for something, that the deck is stacked completely against them, and that what they're trying to achieve is worth achieving.

Within those constraints, any genre is fine; don't feel the need to write a noirish detective story just because it's a Raymond Chandler quote. (I mean, you can, but it's not necessary, and not necessarily encouraged.)

As per usual, no fanfic, no porn. Above all else, don't bore me. Make me give a damn.

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