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by amoskalik
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 4
Views: 67

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

My standard cover letter is very similar to those given above. Some markets will also ask for a writer's bio, so you may want to develop one. Write it in third person and maybe mention your occupation, where you live, family, pets, etc. Insert a link to your web page if you have one. Keep it to two ...
by amoskalik
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11031

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I pulling for sometime in June, then I can have three entries in at once. That's only happened for me once before and it really heightened the twitching. If they delay it to July, we can all go for a Four Twitch Slam.
by amoskalik
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 63
Views: 979

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

storysinger wrote:
Dustin Adams wrote:It is interesting to watch the high post-counters win and move on. Makes one think there's a correlation.


Let's do one better and have three forumites win and meet in LA.


There are still twelve slots open for this year. Let's take them all!
by amoskalik
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 25
Views: 2889

Re: How Short Is Too Short?

FWIW, I got an HM on a story of 1900 words and an R on a story of 800 words. Putting length aside, I would say the 1900 word story was a better fit for WOTF and may be why it placed higher. Those are the only two I have entered with less than 6000 words and I only entered them because I had nothing ...
by amoskalik
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 181

Re: Dialogue Tips

Thanks. So far, no one has said a piece of dialogue is boring. I certainly try to avoid that! However, I will take another look to see if it can be compressed. Good to get this many responses to one problem. I'm sure it is not! I use the technique I described when I have a character doing a lot of ...
by amoskalik
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 181

Re: Dialogue Tips

If the character speaking at length is not the POV character, consider fading out to the POV's internal thoughts and then back in when something else interesting is said. This will give it a more natural feel and avoids boring the reader while still capturing the verbosity of the long winded speaker.
by amoskalik
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out
Replies: 11
Views: 174

Re: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out

I feel this way often. I use a couple different things to get through it. First is the mantra, trust the process, trust the process ... Stories are complicated and their elements do not coalesce all at once, so it is common to feel as if I'm wading through a swamp when I'm half way through the first...
by amoskalik
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11031

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

For those who do not get Dave's newsletter: Illness On Sunday, March 10th, after teaching his very fun “And the Plot Thickens” workshop, Dave suddenly collapsed from a combination of pneumonia and a heart attack. Dave is in the hospital recuperating and will most likely be getting a pacemaker in the...
by amoskalik
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 63
Views: 979

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

My Q2 WIP will likely slip to Q3, but I have a flash piece I'm working on I can send in Q2. Write on, everyone, and see you in Thursdayember.
by amoskalik
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you develop a central question for your Short Story?
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: How do you develop a central question for your Short Story?

It depends on what you mean by central question. Typically, I start with a concept, which is probably what you mean. For genre fiction, this would be the what is unique and interesting about the world you are building, be it magic or technology or societal construct. I usually require two or three s...
by amoskalik
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?
Replies: 10
Views: 493

Re: How Fast Should a Space Station Rotate?

Very cool. Thanks Kent!
by amoskalik
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 117
Views: 2993

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I'm 250 words into mine. It'll probably be about 8000 when all is said and done.
by amoskalik
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11031

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I'm in. As for the earlier discussion about editing, I agree with Wulf, less is more, but with the caveat when we are first starting out, it takes a few extra passes to get all the necessary ingredients into the story. I also have found that I've become more and more a pantser rather than a plotter....
by amoskalik
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Anyone up for a Q1 exchange?
Replies: 8
Views: 433

Re: Anyone up for a Q1 exchange?

I've PM'd you.
by amoskalik
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 13992

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Congrats!
by amoskalik
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 13992

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

R for me, but that was expected. My piece was just a tiny slip of a thing. It might sell in a flash market, though. Good luck to everyone and congrats on the HMs coming through.
by amoskalik
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 17
Views: 1309

Re: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 35

Submitted Sept 29.
R on Nov 15
by amoskalik
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11031

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Amos, I'll probably still be around for Magic in the 4th, v 36. Ha! I really want to get in this Q. I got a silver for 2/35, then an R. That's my year. Not very satisfying. I've got a great story that just needs time and attention. And I've got three months. Fingers crossed! p.s. Thanks Gruffbane. ...
by amoskalik
Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 16144

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

HM for me. I'd hoped for more, but it is my first non-R in two years, so something to build on.
by amoskalik
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 56
Views: 1888

Re: 4 in 36

I'm in!
by amoskalik
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 16144

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

The sad thing is, I forgot my cell phone today. Or maybe that's a good thing. I need only watch my email. Less twitchy that way.
by amoskalik
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 369
Views: 11031

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I just want to write again. Life has derailed my writing. Such a bummer. Been months since I wrote a word. Miss it terribley... See! I can't even speel! Let me know if you want to do "Magic in the First". The magic story I intended for the fourth quarter is still in the works, I'll hopefu...
by amoskalik
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 16144

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Odds are an HM for me, because so far I've either received an early round R or an HM and I'm past the early round...
That said, my first readers both said this is my strongest story yet, so maybe, just maybe, I'll break that HM barrier this time.
by amoskalik
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 149
Views: 11278

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

This challenge caused two of my four stories this year to be created in the eleventh hour. Didn't know it could be done, but I pulled it out somehow. Thank you for setting this up, Dustin.
by amoskalik
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 13992

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I made it in, four for four in thirty-five! This is my shortest entry ever, so I do not have high hopes, but I do like the story.
by amoskalik
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest First Reader - Kary English!
Replies: 19
Views: 1154

Re: Contest First Reader - Kary English!

Kary English wrote:
I also apologize, repeatedly, profusely, and with lots of brownies, for any of the rejections I might send your way. I'm sorry!!



No need to apologize, but the brownies are always welcome wotf007
by amoskalik
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 13992

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I'm still pushing for this quarter but it is looking grim. I'm at 9K+ and probably have at least 1000 words to go in my rough draft. I don't see how I can clean that up in less than a week to submittable quality. Sigh. Looks like I'll be 3/4 for this year. I'm toying with the idea a pushing out a fl...
by amoskalik
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 16144

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

So... Do writers normally get these notifications or is this something new? Either way, can one speculate that receiving this notification means they have achieved at least HM? Something similar has been done in the past and then they stopped for whatever reason. It does not guarantee an HM or high...

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