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by Henckel
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3977
Views: 799383

Re: Success!

Thanks everyone. They say your first time is always memorable. And I'm sure it will be.

And I'm keen to literaryily girl it up and do it as often and as many times as I can.
by Henckel
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3977
Views: 799383

Re: Success!

Well this is my first post on the "sucess" thread. .. I just got the news a few days ago that a short story of mine as been accepted into an anthology. (I'm dancing on the inside. Really. Otherwise a 40+ year old man dancing beside a public pool with a phone in his hand might just come off...
by Henckel
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 29
Views: 801

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Hi all. A quick question for off of you that have been published in the WOTF annual books. How different was your original story from the final published version? Did you find your stories required a lot of polishing/revision/editing? Or were there only minimal polishing edits??? (I'm gaging the st...
by Henckel
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 29
Views: 801

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Whaaat...? You mean you get to REVISE your story before it's actually published, if you're one of the quarterly winners? ~Morgan Not that I'm aware of. I'd just assumed that Dave (or someone) made final edits or such before final version is published. I was just wondering to what extent their chang...
by Henckel
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 29
Views: 801

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Hi all. A quick question for off of you that have been published in the WOTF annual books. How different was your original story from the final published version? Did you find your stories required a lot of polishing/revision/editing? Or were there only minimal polishing edits??? (I'm gaging the sta...
by Henckel
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 192
Views: 7604

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Thanks Kentagious. Sounds like a logical assumption I hadn't entered q2 so not waiting. Just curious about process is all. Thanks for sharing.
by Henckel
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 192
Views: 7604

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

OK. I know I'm going to look back on this question and wonder how I could be so dumb..... but can any yall please clarify for me what quarter results youre talking about. ..... it appears that everyone is suddenly flooded with results and I'm therefore assuming these are for the quarter that ended l...
by Henckel
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: From whom would an Honorable Mention notification come?
Replies: 5
Views: 174

Re: From whom would an Honorable Mention notification come?


Less than 10% of stories reach Honorable Mention rank!



Wtf? Wow. How many stories are normally submitted each quarter? ???
by Henckel
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 192
Views: 7604

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Just submitted at five minutes to midnight on the 29th of June. ...

and now I'm going to go pretend to sleep.
by Henckel
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 192
Views: 7604

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Dustin Adams wrote:Silver here.

I'm afraid I win't reach finalist again until I close in on 2k posts...


Congrats Dustin Adams!
by Henckel
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 192
Views: 7604

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

pcmccollum wrote:Wow, did not expect this...

wotf057

Now to submit a story for Q3!


Congrats pcmccollum!
by Henckel
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 82
Views: 3047

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

I'm in. Probably my last story for a while, having a baby really puts a kink in my writing schedule, but I'll keep trying. Best of luck everyone! HM - 1 R - 1 Finding time to write when you have small kids is very very very difficult. Remember... Family First. ...Writing will still be here. And if ...
by Henckel
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2470
Views: 458683

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

I've hit a wall in the editing of my story and was hoping that this forum might be able to help me out. Hi Lorenzo My little bro asked me the same question (re editing) the other day. This is the advice I gave him: (1) Draft. (2) Revise. (3) Edit. Draft is where just hammer it out from beginning to...
by Henckel
Wed May 09, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hello everyone!
Replies: 2
Views: 196

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: 402
Views: 18384

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: 402
Views: 18384

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: 402
Views: 18384

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: 402
Views: 18384

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: 402
Views: 18384

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: 402
Views: 18384

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: 402
Views: 18384

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: 402
Views: 18384

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: 2963

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: 632

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: 632

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: 23
Views: 3401

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: 405

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: 405

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: 7
Views: 1212

Re: Are aliens needed?

Sounds like a solid reason for me to leave them out.
Dissappointing on one hand... but liberating, on the other.

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