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by reigheena
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Month of Writing Exercises
Replies: 4
Views: 49

Re: A Month of Writing Exercises

Glad to have you guys aboard! Life last year kicked me hard, so I completely understand if any of us miss out on some, or a significant portion of these exercises. Still would love to hear about what is accomplished.
by reigheena
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 50
Views: 999

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

All right, czing and storysinger, I've got my challenge posted in the Writing Craft forum. And if anyone else wants to join me, feel free.
by reigheena
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Month of Writing Exercises
Replies: 4
Views: 49

A Month of Writing Exercises

I posted in the Q1 thread that I was going to do a challenge in November of doing a 20-30 min writing exercise every day, and some people said they'd be interested in following along. So, this is my plan. Any and all are welcome to join in. Feel free to adapt it to whatever situation fits your needs...
by reigheena
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 551
Views: 19407

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Getting back reader's responses for my Q3 entry. Nice to see such a clear reason for the R - the beginning was too confusing. I can fix that.
by reigheena
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 50
Views: 999

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I'd love to get a discussion going. I found discussing exercises with others helps me to see things about the writing process I didn't realize. Most of the exercises I've found are online, so that would help anyone who wanted to join. I can start a new topic once I've chosen all the ones I want to do.
by reigheena
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 50
Views: 999

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

That sounds like a good challenge you are taking on. There are some good writing exercises in Ursula K LeGuin's Steering the Craft. Yeah, I'll be doing a couple from there. Right now I'm eying the ones that say to write a descriptive passage without adjectives and adverbs, and to cut a piece by hal...
by reigheena
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Revision Tips and Tricks
Replies: 14
Views: 265

Re: Revision Tips and Tricks

My next question was actually going to be about critiquing. :) I really like Mary Robinette Kowal's guide to training your internal editor - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgFE2W9qICo Specifically, a writer should ask those they are critiquing to address their reactions to things, which fall into 4...
by reigheena
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Need Input on an Honorable Mention
Replies: 9
Views: 195

Re: Need Input on an Honorable Mention

Ah yes, forgot about the email wonkiness. PM sent.
by reigheena
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Need Input on an Honorable Mention
Replies: 9
Views: 195

Re: Need Input on an Honorable Mention

Sent you an email.
by reigheena
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 50
Views: 999

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

What disgruntledpeony said. I know I am bad at evaluating my own work, but my error tends to be in thinking its better than it actually is instead of the other way around. Hence my many rejections. Rather than focus on new/revising, I think my challenge is going to focus on developing specific skill...
by reigheena
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 50
Views: 999

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I've submitted every quarter for three years, but the last two rejections hit my mental health hard. I think its time to reconsider my submission process. I need to focus on quality over quantity, which means I'll submit my next story when I have done everything to make it absolutely ready, not bec...
by reigheena
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 50
Views: 999

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I've submitted every quarter for three years, but the last two rejections hit my mental health hard. I think its time to reconsider my submission process. I need to focus on quality over quantity, which means I'll submit my next story when I have done everything to make it absolutely ready, not beca...
by reigheena
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 551
Views: 19407

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Got a rejection. That's the fourth in a row for me. It's hard not to feel like my writing's getting worse. I'll blame it on competition getting stiffer. Congrats to those placing!
by reigheena
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Revision Tips and Tricks
Replies: 14
Views: 265

Re: Revision Tips and Tricks

In order to alleviate the fear of revising making things worse, I always save the old draft in another file. That way, I can always go back and restore what I broke. In practice, I've never actually done that, though I have sometimes gone back to look at how I had things previously, like if I accide...
by reigheena
Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: A Word Re: Revisions
Replies: 19
Views: 443

Re: A Word Re: Revisions

girlinglasses, thank you for pointing out your perception of my tone in a nondefensive way. It does help me see that I let my frustrations of a lack of counerpoint get the better of me. I started a thread in the craft section of the forum - first topic is discussing different methods of rewriting. I...
by reigheena
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Revision Tips and Tricks
Replies: 14
Views: 265

Revision Tips and Tricks

My first question for the forumites: How do you structure your revisions? I've seen some authors will do multiple passes, focusing on one skill at a time (character, description, theme, etc.) I tried this once. I feel like it didn't do much beyond my normal method (described below). Possibly this is...
by reigheena
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Left Hand Publishers?
Replies: 10
Views: 155

Re: Left Hand Publishers?

wow, that sounds like a horrible contract. Pro magazines don't ask for that much stuff. SFWA has some examples of what a good contract looks like. Generally, the more rights a company wants, the more they should pay you for it, and it sounds like they're not even paying you pro rates.
by reigheena
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 551
Views: 19407

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I have two things that help me.
1. Work on the next story.
2. Have a plan for what to do with the submission once I get results, whether that's knowing what market to send it to next, or how to tackle revisions when it comes back.
by reigheena
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: A Word Re: Revisions
Replies: 19
Views: 443

Re: A Word Re: Revisions

I'm happy to make this thread a discussion of revision strategies. I agree with you on the "who am I to offer writing advice anyway" since I haven't sold pro yet, but I do know what it takes for me to feel confident enough to send something into markets beyond WOTF where you can't resubmit...
by reigheena
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: A Word Re: Revisions
Replies: 19
Views: 443

Re: A Word Re: Revisions

Is Wulf doing this to benefit us? Yes, I believe that is his goal. I'm just pointing out that for me, his tips are doing the opposite. Yes, some writers publish 2-3 books a year. But others only publish 1 book every 2-3 years. Some make a living by writing fast. Others by writing more thoughtfully. ...
by reigheena
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 551
Views: 19407

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

No. It was:

TITLE
by reigheena

story text


I don't think they look in the properties of the file.
by reigheena
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 551
Views: 19407

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

*Brings the marshmallows* Well, my last submission was disqualified due to me forgetting to delete the byline from the manuscript. Can't get worse than that, right? ;)
by reigheena
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: A Word Re: Revisions
Replies: 19
Views: 443

Re: A Word Re: Revisions

Wulf, I did not mean my post as an attack. I thought I was being fair by sharing when I thought writing new stories was good. I apologize my intentions were not clear. I am not asking for an end to the super secret challenge, but I do feel like there is a bias on this forum against revision that pre...
by reigheena
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 240
Views: 6796

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

And I am in as of a few minutes ago. Now to start draft 2 of my Q1 story.
by reigheena
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: A Word Re: Revisions
Replies: 19
Views: 443

A Word Re: Revisions

It's been a long time since I've been on the forum, due to life and password issues. To be honest, I'm glad I took a break, because if I had been active, I would have been ticked off by Wulf Moon's constant pressure to write FRESH ORIGINAL STORIES. Is it good to write new stories? Absolutely. Workin...
by reigheena
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 23398

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

R for me. It's the third in a row, which hurts after the HM and SHM I've gotten. So since this one hasn't gotten any critical feedback at all, it's off to critters I go.
by reigheena
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 149
Views: 16861

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

Whew. The only reason I submitted this quarter was this goal. I didn't get the chance to get this story critiqued, so it may still be horribly confusing, but I like it.
by reigheena
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 23398

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

And I am in. Now to take the rest of the quarter off. :)
by reigheena
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 23398

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Revisions are coming together, so it looks like I'll have something to submit. It just won't be as polished as I would like, especially since I haven't had time to get any critiques.
by reigheena
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 25994

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

No one wants to admit it, huh? Fine, I will. I got a rejection. Flash fiction, so wasn't expecting it to do well, but I hoped.

Off to find a more suitable market.

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