The Writer's Desk: work on your story!

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Fill blank paper with blessed words. It can be hard to keep Potential high, especially if you write hastily - but you can rework it later.

Unlocked with Potential 1

Locked with Key Writing Desk Lodgings (hidden)

Storylet appears in Your Activities

Options:

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Write.

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    Action Cost: 5

     

    Challenge information

    Broad, Persuasive 10 || 7 - very chancy (42%) || 9 - chancy (54%) || 11 - modest (66%) || 12 - very modest (72%) || 14 - low-risk (84%) || 16 - straightforward (96%) || 17 - straightforward (100%)

    Success

    Good progress!

    Rare Success

    Good progress, but...

    Failure

    Slow progress

    ^
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Write rapidly.

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    Action Cost: 4

     

    Challenge information

    Broad, Persuasive 40 || 28 - very chancy (42%) || 34 - chancy (51%) || 41 - modest (61%) || 48 - very modest (72%) || 54 - low-risk (81%) || 61 - straightforward (91%) || 67 - straightforward (100%)

    Success

    Good progress

    Alternative Success

    Swift but uncertain

    Failure

    Slow progress

    ^
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Write frantically

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    Action Cost: 4
    Unlocked with Persuasive 40

     

    Challenge information

    Broad, Persuasive 100 || 69 - very chancy (41%) || 85 - chancy (51%) || 102 - modest (61%) || 119 - very modest (71%) || 135 - low-risk (81%) || 152 - straightforward (91%) || 167 - straightforward (100%)

    Success

    The Muse's favour?

    Alternative Success

    A creeping uncertainty

    Failure

    Led astray

    ^
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Write frenziedly

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    Action Cost: 3
    Unlocked with Persuasive 50

     

    Challenge information

    Broad, Persuasive 150 || 103 - very chancy (41%) || 128 - chancy (51%) || 153 - modest (61%) || 178 - very modest (71%) || 203 - low-risk (81%) || 228 - straightforward (91%) || 250 - straightforward (100%)

    Success

    A river of words

    Alternative Success

    A convulsion of words

    Failure

    Accidental plagiarism

    ^
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Laudanum!

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Honey!

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Use your Ornate Typewriter

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    Action Cost: 4
    Unlocked with 1 x Ornate Typewriter

     

    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

    Respectable speed

    Failure

    The mechanisms of Hell

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Rework and Finish!

Summary

In fact you can move on to improve the script's Potential at Rework and Finish! when you have 3 x Manuscript Pages, but to finish your Short Story you will need at least 10 of them.

You start with 20 Potential, which represents the script's quality and ability to become a certain Short Story. The higher your Potential the better the chance to make it a more valuable Short Story. If you let this drop to 0 your script will become a useless Wreckage!, and you have to Consign it to the flames.

With 20 Potential (and the reluctance to spend expensive items), you should have about 30-45 pages before you advance, for the editing process will consume pages until Potential hits 60. You may want to try Laudanum! in the beginning to push Potential - or burn your script if it goes awfully wrong. The use of Laudanum! later on is either not advisable or desperate.


The Writer's Desk: work on your story!
Option AP Success Failure Note
pages potential pages potential
Write. 5 +5 -1 occasionally +1 10 
Write rapidly. 4 +5 -1 occasionally +1 40 
Write frantically 4 +6 -1 occasionally +1 -2 100 
Write frenziedly 3 +6 -2 occasionally +1 -2 150 
Use Typewriter 4 +5 +1 -1 50 
Ornate Typewriter
Use Laudanum!
(50% Luck)
3 +3 +10
(up to 100)
+1 -10 Laudanum
+ 1 CP Wounds
Use Honey!
(60% Luck)
3 +2 +2
(up to 160)
+1 -2 -50 x Honey