The Writer's Desk: rework!

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Murder your darlings. Editing will cost you Manuscript Pages, but may improve the Potential of the work. You can use Romantic Notions, Tale of Terror!! and other items for research and inspiration: experiment and see what works!

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Options:

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Finish your Short Story

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A Cautious Edit

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A Daring Edit

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    Unlocked with 1 x Potential, 2 x Manuscript Page

     

    Challenge information

    Broad, Persuasive 50 || 35 - very chancy (42%) || 43 - chancy (51%) || 51 - modest (61%) || 60 - very modest (72%) || 68 - low-risk (81%) || 76 - straightforward (91%) || 84 - straightforward (100%)

    Success

    A raid on the fortress!

    Failure

    Shorter, but not better

    ^
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Incorporate romance

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Spice it with gossip

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Compromising Document

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Add a touch of darkness

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Incorporate life-lessons

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Include something exotic

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Add a dash of zee-adventure!

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    Unlocked with 4 x Manuscript Page, 1 x Zee-Ztory, Potential 1

     

    Challenge information

    Broad, Persuasive 90 || 62 - very chancy (41%) || 77 - chancy (51%) || 92 - modest (61%) || 107 - very modest (71%) || 122 - low-risk (81%) || 137 - straightforward (91%) || 150 - straightforward (100%)

    Success

    Blood, salt and iron

    Failure

    All rather nautical

    ^
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Weave in esoteric elements

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Add a dash of heartbreak

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Not an entirely fictional character...

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Ask your most exalted contacts for inside information

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Publish... and be damned.

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Use your Case Notes

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A rare lesson

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Back to writing...

Summary

At an early stage of the reworking process you can either use your raw material or some specific items to increase Potential. Higher quality Short Stories require more valuable items (or a daring use of Laudanum!. Except for Touching Love Story, Favour in High Places and Trade Secret all items worth 2.50 echoes or more will also give 1-2 points of menace - even on a success.

The Writer's Desk: rework!
Option Item Cost Gain[1] Limit[2]
Quillsmall.png A Cautious Edit 1 x Manuscript Page 1 (4) 25 (45)
Knife2small.png A Daring Edit 1 x Manuscript Page 2 60
Heartsmall.png Incorporate romance Romantic Notion 0.10 2 60
Gossipsmall.png Spice it with gossip Scrap of Incendiary Gossip 0.50 2 60
Jigsawsmall.png Use your Case Notes Compilation of Case-Notes 2
Scaryeyesmall.png Add a touch of darkness Tale of Terror!! 0.50 2 70
Papers3small.png Compromising Document 2 Compromising Document 0.50 2 70
Wakesmall.png Include something exotic Memory of Distant Shores 0.50 2 80
Blackjacksmall.png Incorporate life-lessons 5  Hard-Earned Lesson 3 80
Waves3small.png Add a dash of zee-adventure! Zee-Ztory 0.50 2 90
Implicationsmall.png Weave in esoteric elements Extraordinary Implication 2.50 5 100
Adorationsmall.png Add a dash of heartbreak Touching Love Story 2.50 5 110
Masksatinsmall.png Not an entirely fictional character... An Identity Uncovered! 2.50 5 110
Baldmansmall.png Ask your most exalted contacts for inside information Favour in High Places 12.50 12 140
Newgatesmall.png Publish... and be damned. Blackmail Material 12.50 12 150
Papers4small.png A rare lesson Trade Secret 60 25
  1. Rare occasions in brackets.
  2. This is not only the potential cap, but also the difficulty level for this Persuasive challenge, which means a 60% success rate if it equals your quality.

You may go Back to writing... or finally Finish your Short Story.