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by reigheena
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Interior Dialogue
Replies: 8
Views: 164

Re: Interior Dialogue

You're welcome!
by reigheena
Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Interior Dialogue
Replies: 8
Views: 164

Re: Interior Dialogue

I am a fan of free indirect speech, which does not use italics, but you can still use italics to convey direct thoughts. I have only seen quotes used for something said aloud, whether to themselves or another person. What is indirect free speech? Could you give me an example? It sounds intriguing. ...
by reigheena
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Interior Dialogue
Replies: 8
Views: 164

Re: Interior Dialogue

I am a fan of free indirect speech, which does not use italics, but you can still use italics to convey direct thoughts. I have only seen quotes used for something said aloud, whether to themselves or another person.
by reigheena
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Month of Writing Exercises
Replies: 15
Views: 418

Re: A Month of Writing Exercises

Great job, AJzach! I did most of the exercises, though in week 4 I only did 2 of them, as I was visiting family. I found the chastity exercise really enlightening too. I tend to be an underwriter, so my thoughts going in to the exercise were "I'm always needing to add details. How can I cut?&qu...
by reigheena
Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 565
Views: 15064

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Got an R. Not surprising as it was flash fiction. Off to DSF it goes!
by reigheena
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Month of Writing Exercises
Replies: 15
Views: 418

Re: A Month of Writing Exercises

You're welcome! I found the DREAM arc helpful too in addressing some critiques that a character's turn around was too abrupt.
by reigheena
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you improve your writing output?
Replies: 3
Views: 274

Re: How do you improve your writing output?

I haven't focused on writing output as much as I have on time spent writing. When my kids were younger, I traded babysitting with friends, and spent my child-free time focused on writing. Now that my kids are in school, I block out a part of the day to focus on writing. Some days I get a lot of word...
by reigheena
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 565
Views: 15064

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I write because I can't not write. Last year, I trunked most of my stories in a depressive fit. But I couldn't quit. So I turned to fanfiction, where there was no expectations. Now I've come out of that pit with new ideas and determination. Short term, I want a pro-sale. Long term, I want to win the...
by reigheena
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Month of Writing Exercises
Replies: 15
Views: 418

Re: A Month of Writing Exercises

How has everyone's writing been going? So far, I've done all the exercises, though I forgot to journal last Sunday. During the dialogue exercises, I noticed that even though I was supposed to focus on a variety of different techniques, but the things I kept pondering was what differentiated differen...
by reigheena
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Revision Tips and Tricks
Replies: 16
Views: 636

Re: Revision Tips and Tricks

From author J Scott Savage on Facebook For me, the writing/editing process has four distinct phases. 1-Getting the words on the page. This is the hardest part, but also the most fun because I don't have to worry about perfection, I just get to splash worlds and characters around and see what happens...
by reigheena
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23701

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

True. wotf009
by reigheena
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 69
Views: 2322

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Oh! I almost forgot. Here's an essay you CAN read for free on the web - "Let me Tell You" by Cecilia Tan which makes the same points as Robinson, though actually I think she does a better job of it.
by reigheena
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 69
Views: 2322

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Welcome crlisle! Don't feel bad about jumping the gun with entering your story. I know I've submitted stories before they're ready. At least here, we can always resubmit (unless we get semi-finalist or higher). Kim Stanley Robinson has an essay in Wonderbook (Sorry, I don't know where you could find...
by reigheena
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23701

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I feel like I must be some kind of grinch. I don't even ask for the certificates (maybe if I make finalist or semi I will, definitely if I win :) ). But any certificates I've earned (Masters, Bachelors, Diploma, Certificate) are all sitting in a box mostly still in their envelopes or tubes unless t...
by reigheena
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 40
Views: 928

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

czing, Michael, AlexH, how are your current projects coming along, old or new? Thanks for asking. It was going well until I took a last-minute trip overseas! I should get back into the swing of things next week. I think character arcs and theme are two of my weaknesses too. I find K.M. Weiland arti...
by reigheena
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Month of Writing Exercises
Replies: 15
Views: 418

Re: A Month of Writing Exercises

November is here and I just finished my first exercise. Hope you do well with your writing!
by reigheena
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Month of Writing Exercises
Replies: 15
Views: 418

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: 69
Views: 2322

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: 15
Views: 418

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: 572
Views: 23701

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: 69
Views: 2322

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: 69
Views: 2322

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: 16
Views: 636

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: 12
Views: 537

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: 12
Views: 537

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: 69
Views: 2322

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: 69
Views: 2322

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: 69
Views: 2322

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: 572
Views: 23701

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: 16
Views: 636

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...

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