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by Henckel
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Are aliens needed?
Replies: 6
Views: 218

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: 77

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: 77

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: 526

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: 218

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: 218

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: 526

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: 218

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: 18362

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: 11
Views: 702

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: 11
Views: 702

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: 7
Views: 721

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: 11
Views: 702

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: 11
Views: 702

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,...
by Henckel
Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you make an arrogant character likable?
Replies: 10
Views: 817

Re: How do you make an arrogant character likable?

Great advice everyone. ...and good examples Kent.
I just put my kids in front of a movie. ...Thus, I've got exactly 1.5 hrs to write. ...time to fix this character I've created.
by Henckel
Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you make an arrogant character likable?
Replies: 10
Views: 817

Re: How do you make an arrogant character likable?

Thanks everyone. Really good suggestions and advice. ive been pondering these all day. ultimately, I've decided to keep him as pov and soften his character. if I allow him 10% emotion then that will be enough for me to reveal plausable reason for his other 90% arrogance. also. What ive learned from ...
by Henckel
Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you make an arrogant character likable?
Replies: 10
Views: 817

How do you make an arrogant character likable?

What are your thoughts on making an arrogant character more likable? My story is written in the 1st person. To successfully pull off this story, it requires an untrustworthy POV. The protagonist is efficient and ruthless. He acts on intuition rather than emotions, and considers workplace laziness on...
by Henckel
Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 18362

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

ive not entered the last several quarters because everything ive written has exceeded the contest word count. I've just started a new story this week for the new quarter. im at 5000 words and just hit act 2. hmmm. I think im going to excede the word count again. on the bright side, im writing and l...
by Henckel
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 26339

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Writing POV characters with mental disabilities isn’t easy. I just published a book where a key secondary character was mentally retarded. (Apologies, I understand this likely isn’t the socially accepted term now days). I wrote this character in 3rd limited. And found a way to give an accurate depic...
by Henckel
Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 18362

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

ive not entered the last several quarters because everything ive written has exceeded the contest word count. I've just started a new story this week for the new quarter. im at 5000 words and just hit act 2. hmmm. I think im going to excede the word count again. on the bright side, im writing and lo...
by Henckel
Mon Dec 26, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 18749

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

What are your thoughts on wiring a 1st person novel and swaping to 3rd when the story required another character POV? how much 3rd is too much? 10%? 20%?
by Henckel
Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 18749

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

I tried some members' only crit sites, but none were all that helpful.
The best crit exchanges I've ever received were from people I met on this forum. I've swapped short stories with many of you and subsequently, established relationships outside the forum.
by Henckel
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:50 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Persistent Visions
Replies: 16
Views: 10474

Re: Persistent Visions

Hi disgruntledpeony.
It looks like an interesting magazine. I don't have anything suitable to submit, but am interested as a reader.
Anyway, I hope you hear back soon.
by Henckel
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 26339

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Commiserations Muri, but good luck in your future work. I do hope you'll stay in touch with us. The Grinder reports about 24 R and about 57 pending for this quarter if I read it right, so a fairly large wave. (I'm assuming The Grinder's sample includes only serious writers and the overall R percent...
by Henckel
Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:04 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: a supernatural heist comedy set on the old west... oh my!
Replies: 4
Views: 7784

Re: a supernatural heist comedy set on the old west... oh my

thanks!

I'm familiar with Beneath Ceaseless Skies, but haven't heard of Giganotosaurus. I'll check them out.
by Henckel
Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: a supernatural heist comedy set on the old west... oh my!
Replies: 4
Views: 7784

a supernatural heist comedy set on the old west... oh my!

Hi there -

Can anyone recommend a magazine, publisher, or anyone that may be interested in my novella?

It's a supernatural heist comedy set on the old west (aprox 24,000 words).

I was thinking of submitting to the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Any thoughts...?

Thanks
by Henckel
Sun Oct 23, 2016 12:56 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Brandon Sanderson - 318R
Replies: 3
Views: 718

Re: Brandon Sanderson - 318R

Thanks for the link. I watched a few of his lectures until I encountered his weekly Writing Excuses podcasts. .... I've listened to them every week for about 4 years.
I believe they're the best free resources for writers.

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