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by Henckel
Wed May 09, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hello everyone!
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: Hello everyone!

Hi Morgan. Good to have you on board.
by Henckel
Wed May 09, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 392
Views: 15021

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Others may correct me on this, but for the contest i'd personally think you'd be taking a pretty sizable risk by sacrificing readability - though lyrical stories are a beautiful thing when done right. Chime by Franny Billingsley springs to mind. Thanks for the advice. I thought that was the case, b...
by Henckel
Wed May 09, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 392
Views: 15021

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

wotf059 Second place! I still can't believe it. Got the call today at work. I screamed and cried. Joni is the sweetest person ever. I'm ridiculously excited. This was the 47th time I've submitted. I began submitting back in 1986-1992, then again in 2009-2018. It's been a very long journey. Congrats...
by Henckel
Wed May 09, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 392
Views: 15021

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

My silver honorable had a bit of a literary bent to it - though in hindsight, I probably put too much focus on the language (at the expense of plot in particular). Would you consider it acceptable to retain a heavy literary or lyrical bend at the cost of readability if it didn't compromise the plot?
by Henckel
Wed May 09, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 392
Views: 15021

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I got a finalist with a "literary" style. Quick scene changes, shifts between past and present tense, first person mixed with what could be called omniscient voice. Maybe its uniqueness is what got the finalist, but it might also be why it didn't win. wotf017 Thanks for sharing. I'd be in...
by Henckel
Tue May 08, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 392
Views: 15021

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

What’s your writing style? ease of readability, lyrical, or academic? I hear that Dave W specifically looks for ease of readability. Also, most (if not all) of the WOTF stories I’ve read tend to lean toward this same end of the spectrum. Has anyone had any degree of success in this contest with lyri...
by Henckel
Tue May 08, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 392
Views: 15021

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

The final outcome of the contest is always the annual anthology. I'm sure Dave wants to make sure there's a little bit of everything in that anthology -- a melting pot flavored by all the subgenres found inside fantasy and science fiction. So you might submit an amazing fantasy story in Q4, but if ...
by Henckel
Mon May 07, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 392
Views: 15021

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

The judge, David Farland, has often said he first looks for three things when reading for this contest: an original trope, polished prose, and a strong story arc. He's mentioned many other things, such as vivid settings, a strong hook with speculative elements, believable characters, an emotional e...
by Henckel
Mon May 07, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 392
Views: 15021

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Friends, I’ve been absent for a while, but I’m back and looking to submit this quarter. This lapse of motivation came from my partner who said, “Chris, remember when I told you I didn’t like that one story. Well, that wasn’t true. Actually it terrified me—creepy as hell. You should dust it off, poli...
by Henckel
Mon May 07, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?
Replies: 16
Views: 2594

Re: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?

Thanks Morgan.

I haven't logged on in a while and just saw your response. Well said 
by Henckel
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Sense of Belonging
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: A Sense of Belonging

Thanks everyone.
by Henckel
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Sense of Belonging
Replies: 5
Views: 489

A Sense of Belonging

Have you written a story where your character's “sense of belonging” was a dominant factor?

Any advice on approaching this?
by Henckel
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: writing books
Replies: 16
Views: 2921

Re: writing books

There are tons of great books out there. Another by Orson Scott card is characters and viewpoints. Also in that same series (but written by different people) are conflict, action and suspense AND beginnings, middles and ends. But for a beginner, there is no better FREE resource for aspiring Sci fy a...
by Henckel
Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A plot B plot with different conflicts. and opposing forces for internal conflict (man against self)
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Re: A plot B plot with different conflicts. and opposing forces for internal conflict (man against self)

Thanks Kent. I also considered that toggling 2 different plots for 2 different characters would be a good…. What I didn't know is if my assessment was self satisfying. So thanks for your input. I particularly find it helpful that you pointed out that most stories have man against self as a sub plot ...
by Henckel
Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A plot B plot with different conflicts. and opposing forces for internal conflict (man against self)
Replies: 2
Views: 305

A plot B plot with different conflicts. and opposing forces for internal conflict (man against self)

So, I'm just about finished a first draft of 2 novels. They start in different places and have different characters, but both books end with the respective protagonists of each book meeting each other for climax. So I decided to merge these two novels. Simple A plot, B plot…. …. But my key reservati...
by Henckel
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Are aliens needed?
Replies: 6
Views: 1009

Re: Are aliens needed?

Sounds like a solid reason for me to leave them out.
Dissappointing on one hand... but liberating, on the other.
by Henckel
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Hero's Journey / Tests allies and enemies
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: Hero's Journey / Tests allies and enemies

Damn good points from both of you. Thanks! I've been rather determined to follow the structure as closely as I can for this book, as a matter of disapline for myself. But from both of your comments, I can see I have more freedome to adapt the structure, if I wish. But more importantly, I need to ens...
by Henckel
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Hero's Journey / Tests allies and enemies
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Hero's Journey / Tests allies and enemies

Hi everyone. In the stage of the Hero's Journey, "Tests allies and enemies", does this need to be separate activity from the one used in "approaching innermost cave". Or is it acceptable to fulfill the purpose of "Tests allies and enemies" in the same activity as "...
by Henckel
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing Room/Office/Space
Replies: 16
Views: 2080

Re: Writing Room/Office/Space

you are an inspiration :)
by Henckel
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Are aliens needed?
Replies: 6
Views: 1009

Re: Are aliens needed?

Decision made. Thanks
by Henckel
Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Are aliens needed?
Replies: 6
Views: 1009

Re: Are aliens needed?

My story isn't about the aliens at all. I feel like introducing alien creatures and species would only be a distraction from the story I'm trying to tell. My story does not require any species to be anything other than human. I guess my concern is that, if I didn't use aliens, that my story would me...
by Henckel
Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing Room/Office/Space
Replies: 16
Views: 2080

Re: Writing Room/Office/Space

So, I moved my stuff into the nursery, but that will soon be occupied too. I think we may have missed your most obvious point. You said that your nursery is about to be occupied. That said, you might as well put in all away for the next five years. I have a reasonably sized house, but my kids’ have...
by Henckel
Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Are aliens needed?
Replies: 6
Views: 1009

Are aliens needed?

So... I'm writing a Sci Fi. And for my cast of characters, I could use aliens... Or I can just as easily use a full human cast as if only humanistic creatures inhabited the universe.

Question. If using aliens in your Sci Fi neither hurt nor benefited your story, which way would you go?
by Henckel
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 36417

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

amyhg wrote:And the results?

Joni giggled.

I got SECOND PLACE! *happy dance*

If I understand correctly, that removes me as a contender for the Golden Pen, which means I can officially stop twitching and kick back until April.


That's great! Congrads!
by Henckel
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?
Replies: 16
Views: 2594

Re: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?

a student of his incorporated his methods in her book "The Fantasy Fiction Formula." Let's see what was her name. . . I shall look it up. Deborah Chester I'm going to have to check that out! Thanks! I've found great info on every page of Dwight Swain's book. But reading it is a challange....
by Henckel
Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?
Replies: 16
Views: 2594

Re: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?

I ordered the book about a week ago. It should be here in the next few days (Post to NZ takes a while). Another question, if you don't mind: Should there only be one MRU cycle (Motivation, Feeling, Reflex, and Rational Action/speech) for each of the six Scene Sequels stages (Goal, Conflict, Disaster...
by Henckel
Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Key learnings that make a difference!
Replies: 6
Views: 1226

Key learnings that make a difference!

When I hear about a new writing technique (one that’s new to me, anyway) I always take the time to learn it. I don’t just loosely read-up on the topic—I study the technique from every angle until I can apply the it in my writing. Some of these include: Orson Scott Card’s M.I.C.E. Quotient; different...
by Henckel
Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?
Replies: 16
Views: 2594

Re: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?

Thanks Kent. That’s helpful.

I tried retro fitting my most recent story to this format to see where the gaps are. Once I filled in those gaps (according to the scene sequel format) I really felt as if I had a stronger story.
by Henckel
Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?
Replies: 16
Views: 2594

Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?

The part that confuses me is just how large these are? Depending on the website or blog I visit, I get a different answer. One website gave an example using the entire book format of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. Another site gives examples where scene sequel is used on a near paragraph level,...

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