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by liz
Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:34 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3783
Views: 656628

Re: Success!

Congratulations Elinor, that's exciting! And you're absolutely right, we should never take rejection from a single market as commentary on the quality of our work--or even from several markets. Everyone is looking for something, and if our work doesn't fit its not goin' in regardless of how well wri...
by liz
Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Indie writer's web pages
Replies: 1
Views: 518

Re: Indie writer's web pages

I haven't set up a publishing website but I've heard of others who have and found it useful. Here's some thoughts: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1810 http://selfpublishingadvice.org/should-self-published-authors-create-their-own-publishing-imprints/ One question is, do you jus...
by liz
Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Prose Style
Replies: 16
Views: 1688

Re: Prose Style

amoskalik wrote:15 minutes is enough time to connect with the characters, but to create that connection AND tell a complete story in that time takes a bit more talent than I've managed to muster as yet. A worthy endeavor, however.


Very good point! And, me too.
by liz
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: 2016 Campbell Award
Replies: 41
Views: 4864

Re: 2016 Campbell Award

Some exciting stuff going on here!
by liz
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Creative Practice
Replies: 24
Views: 3466

Re: Creative Practice

Creative practice: Look-back fever: I'm a plotter. Plotting speeds my efforts, but there's a danger of becoming overly analytical; writing a sentence and immediately editing it or constantly checking my plot outline. Look-back fever kicks the little creative guy out of the driver's seat in favor of...
by liz
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Prose Style
Replies: 16
Views: 1688

Re: Prose Style

I think it does have a lot to do with pacing and tension both. As a reader, I find myself on the outside of short stories more often, sort of watching it unfold as an observer rather than feeling like a 'part' of the story, or like I'm experiencing it through the character's eyes. Perhaps my persona...
by liz
Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Prose Style
Replies: 16
Views: 1688

Re: Prose Style

Lol don't worry Aaron, I haven't read DaVinci Code yet either ;) Some good thoughts, guys. I hadn't really thought about it at the level of sentence length, I'll have to go through a few today and make some comparisons. It does look more like storytelling than style--choosing what to include, why to...
by liz
Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3783
Views: 656628

Re: Success!

Wow, lots of great stuff going on here while I was gone. Congrats guys!
by liz
Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Prose Style
Replies: 16
Views: 1688

Re: Prose Style

That's an interesting perspective Kent, thank you! I think you may be right that what I'm hitting is more exposition than 'style,' so thanks for clarifying the topic! For me at least, there's a definite qualitative difference in how a short story is told vs a novel. They 'read' differently, they 'fe...
by liz
Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Prose Style
Replies: 16
Views: 1688

Prose Style

Hi all! I've been gone from the board for a couple of months thanks to an unexpected surgery. Everything's fine now, but needless to say I haven't done much writing! Nano went out the window, revisions on my novel dropped to a pleasant pace of 0.0% per day, and I didn't submit to WotF or anybody els...
by liz
Fri Nov 06, 2015 4:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3783
Views: 656628

Re: Success!

alpha wrote:My story, "Adroit," is live in The Theian Journal. It was an HM here.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017J9LPG2


Very nice wotf010
by liz
Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:51 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Creative Practice
Replies: 24
Views: 3466

Re: Creative Practice

Perhaps a trilogy? But where is the speculative fiction element? Well, I am speculating when or if I will hear from the publisher whose has had my story "Crucible Steel" for 201 days. wotf012 Oh man that's too long! The publishing industry is a crucible in itself. Hang in there! Pressure ...
by liz
Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:40 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Favor
Replies: 5
Views: 786

Re: A Favor

I'd be happy to give it a read as well if you like.
by liz
Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Creative Practice
Replies: 24
Views: 3466

Re: Creative Practice

Pressure is but the crucible which...leaves me unable to finish this analogy. Just as well. Harrumph. If we're talking about steel making, there is no abnormal pressure in a crucible. The process was invented by Benjamin Huntsman in Sheffield, Yorkshire in the mid-18th century. Sadly for him he fai...
by liz
Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3783
Views: 656628

Re: Success!

s_c_baker wrote:My story "Fugue in a Minor Key," which I think was an HM at one point, is in this month's issue of Galaxy's Edge: http://galaxysedge.com/n11.htm


Congratulations Stewart! Great story wotf013
by liz
Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:06 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Music and writing
Replies: 17
Views: 2469

Re: Music and writing

For nano, my playlist includes ludo, pirates of the caribbean, avatar, 2ne1, armageddon, and mumford and sons. Among others.
by liz
Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:03 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Creative Practice
Replies: 24
Views: 3466

Re: Creative Practice

I get a lot of ideas for premises, characters, themes, and setups from watching television pilots. I totally liken what we do here to writing pilots. I mean, we have to introduce characters, our world, our universe, then combine them all with a cool plot, rising tension, and something unique/never ...
by liz
Sat Oct 31, 2015 12:57 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Wyrm's Gauntlet writing contest
Replies: 8
Views: 1253

Re: Wyrm's Gauntlet writing contest

Good luck stewart :)
by liz
Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:00 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Gary Provost on Writing that Sings
Replies: 6
Views: 872

Re: Gary Provost on Writing that Sings

Aha! An aha moment. I've just had an aha moment.

I've been reading about this very idea lately in Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin. She has some good points but I didn't really get it.

Now I've got it. Great quote, thanks for sharing!
by liz
Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3783
Views: 656628

Re: Success!

Thanks guys! Drabbles are fun wotf007
by liz
Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3783
Views: 656628

Re: Success!

Congratulations dustin and jeeohn and aaron! First paycheck, awesome. First humor, also awesome. First pro-level acceptance. Awesome. Good stuff is happening around here! I recently received my first fictional paycheck as well...or rather, paycheck for fiction (grin) Behold, a drabble: http://speckl...
by liz
Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3783
Views: 656628

Re: Success!

Congratulations Rebecca! wotf010
by liz
Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3783
Views: 656628

Re: Success!

Very nice Aaron, Ishmael! Some inspiring things happening around here wotf013
by liz
Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 202703

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Nice work George! First one off the ground is always exciting wotf010
by liz
Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Music and writing
Replies: 17
Views: 2469

Re: Music and writing

I love love love listening to movie scores during the planning/outlining phase. Once I hit actual drafting it all depends. Sometimes it's helpful, sometimes it's distracting, but it's almost always inspiring!
by liz
Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Wyrm's Gauntlet writing contest
Replies: 8
Views: 1253

Re: Wyrm's Gauntlet writing contest

amoskalik wrote:I signed up. Sounds like fun.


Ditto
by liz
Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3783
Views: 656628

Re: Success!

amoskalik wrote:My second drabble was published Tuesday:
http://specklit.com/blog/2015/09/29/down-time/


Congratulations!
by liz
Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2329
Views: 381379

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Wow, lot's of new people! Welcome everyone, this is a good place to be wotf007
by liz
Sat Sep 26, 2015 7:41 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3783
Views: 656628

Re: Success!

I hit the USA Today bestseller list just about two weeks ago. That was kind of awesome :) Bestseller list: mind wotf039 As for me, I've got a surreal, Heroes sorta take on literature that's up today at Every Day Fiction I was hoping for a release on the 24th when the new season starts . Alas, I'm t...
by liz
Sat Sep 26, 2015 7:37 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Creative Practice
Replies: 24
Views: 3466

Re: Creative Practice

Some great insights. Analyzing reading is a great idea, I haven't done it in awhile but I'm reading some pretty great stuff just now so I might start taking notes. It's interesting how often freeing the mind seems to play a role. Space for reflection, in the car, in the shower, in a library, etc. So...

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