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by orbivillein
Thu May 23, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Over-thinkers Anonymous
Replies: 8
Views: 3799

Re: Over-thinkers Anonymous

Stories stray when what a given story is actually, truly, really about wants to be realized. The tangible action strives for a complete process, meantime, the subconscious wants to be heard. Subtext is a story's subconscious. Without subtext that is congruent to and opposite of a tangible action, a ...
by orbivillein
Thu May 16, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: WORD 2010 Formatting Trauma
Replies: 8
Views: 3309

Re: WORD 2010 Formatting Trauma

Scrivener's Windows' release is a year old and developed by a second party, the original developed for Mac. Mac and Windows have never played together well. Cross platform and application compatibility issues are inevitable. And Scrivener's more useful proprietary codes and formats are more likely t...
by orbivillein
Wed May 15, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 109
Views: 20043

Re: Contest Questions

Questions satisfied. What they say about curiosity killed the cat; satisfaction brought it back. Thanks!
by orbivillein
Tue May 14, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 109
Views: 20043

Re: Contest Questions

Hi, Wolf Moon, Do winners receive, say, 1099s from Author Services or Galaxy Press? If so, do the numbers only reflect prize money and anthology paid publication, or do the numbers include travel and room cash values? Questions not intended to elicit private and monetary data, rather a generic what ...
by orbivillein
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: My Character Quotes Something: Plagiarism?
Replies: 6
Views: 2851

Re: My Character Quotes Something: Plagiarism?

my protagonist, who is a story-teller, recently re-told a story by the Brothers Grimm. it was largely paraphrased, and also obviously wasn't in the original German. i, the author, clearly stated that it wasn't his story but rather one that he was familiar with, but my protagonist passed it off as h...
by orbivillein
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 29
Views: 9959

Re: Dialogue Tips

4. How to make writing do two things at once... Writing dialogue that tells the character in the story one thing, and the reader who's had the advantage of reading 28 chapters before the conversation, two things The more complex dialogue, etc., matter. SUBTEXT, Subtext, subtext, s------, and dramati...
by orbivillein
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 44
Views: 12190

Re: How do you write eloquently?

Your first -- "Ozmandias," Percy Bysshe Shelley, Dame Mary Shelley's spouse.

Your second -- "Hills Like White Elephants," Ernest Hemingway.
by orbivillein
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 44
Views: 12190

Re: How do you write eloquently?

  Angry girl on fire, she fumed over the brim out of the O'Rickie's Tavern there to 10th and Live Oak Street.     Crackholes.     Wasn't that drunk.   Next to Susie's Cakes and Sweet Dreams.     Big fat dream sick lies.   The poodlehead taxi driver parked at the curb said he didn't drive drunks. &qu...
by orbivillein
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 29
Views: 9959

Re: Dialogue Tips

2. How to make dialogue read smooth, natural, and to your personal style (> not clunky) 3. How to avoid cliche, and the services that can help identify cliche writing for you Smooth, natural, and personal style dialogue orients around personal idiolects. An idiolect is already a personal dialect its...
by orbivillein
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: My Character Quotes Something: Plagiarism?
Replies: 6
Views: 2851

Re: My Character Quotes Something: Plagiarism?

The uses of other creators' intellectual property may be limited to brief incidental content, allusive, that is, for other review, education, and criticism purposes otherwise. Uses for parody, lampoon, and social commentary are broad exceptions to intellectual property infringement limitations. &quo...
by orbivillein
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 44
Views: 12190

Re: How do you write eloquently?

William Faulkner, Light in August, 1932, and "Pantaloon in Black," Go Down, Moses, 1942, seven interrelated short stories, both Random House.

Read all of Cormac McCarthy's novels. I favor No Country for Old Men, 2005.
by orbivillein
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 29
Views: 9959

Re: Dialogue Tips

1. How to fuse World Building and Characterisation into dialogue 5. Dialogue tips for short stories exclusively, full-length novels exclusively, and everything in between World building's best occasion is when incidental to the action of the moment, extends to larger parts, and overall. Plus, that a...
by orbivillein
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 44
Views: 12190

Re: How do you write eloquently?

Eloquence (noun): " 1 : discourse marked by force and persuasiveness; also : the art or power of using such discourse 2 : the quality of forceful or persuasive expressiveness ( Webster's 11th ). By force is meant emphatic expression and emphasis amplitude progression. By persuasiveness, for pro...
by orbivillein
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 29
Views: 9959

Re: Dialogue Tips

This below response to number 6 of the original post, more to come for 1 through 5. Distinguishable dialogue types and melds of several include: Echo: speakers echo each other's diction and syntax, or one or the other, at least congruent expression mode echoes, for alignment and rapport persuasion, ...
by orbivillein
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out
Replies: 19
Views: 5199

Re: Story mentally plotted, but can't get it out

From mental composition to raw draft processes suffer from missed-the-page disease and inconsistent craft skills due to raw drafts are little more than outline summary and explanation sketches -- tells. The dramatic craft facet wanted next or in the first instance is show's reality imitation sequenc...
by orbivillein
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I submit stories I'm posting on my website?
Replies: 5
Views: 4270

Re: Can I submit stories I'm posting on my website?

Publisher submission guidelines occasion whether a given publication considers self-published stories posted on a personal website first publication rights expended. Some say yes, some say nothing, a very few say no. Too many publications to sort those and links out from among the fray. Everyday Fic...
by orbivillein
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Reading vs writing
Replies: 13
Views: 5221

Re: Reading vs writing

Reading and study of writing overall, plus motion picture narratives, and other arts that inform writing growth, editor work, etc., for me, consume a hundred times more time than narrative creation.
by orbivillein
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 52247

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Wrestled with myself about whether I'm still eligible, whether to submit, whether I even had anything to submit. Portal is still open and I'm so, so tempted. This contest meant a lot to me. And I really wanted to do 4 in 35. But at this point, sitting on five pro-paying publications with another to...
by orbivillein
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 52247

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

My way to cope, transcend even, is to ask why did this perform below wanted level and -- and -- the way of dramatic movement incitement, follow-thru, and satisfaction -- plot, that is -- strong motivation to answer why and don't do and do do whatever why. Emotions channeled into growth.
by orbivillein
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 52247

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

. . . I feel drained after writing my Q4 story. I took it easy the middle 2 quarters of this year but Q4 I went all in. Usually I finish a story bored and ready to move onto something more exciting but this time I am not sure what comes next. I need some time. I am in a weird transitional stage whe...
by orbivillein
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 52247

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Facets of a story that distinguish an automatic decline due to utter guideline noncompliance (recipe, joke, prank, whim, non-fantastic, non-prose content), to also-ran to honorable mention to finalist, etc., to quarter win, place, or show, to annual grand winner? Relevant, timely, timeless, lively h...
by orbivillein
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Software, Reviews & Deals
Replies: 5
Views: 3223

Re: Software, Reviews & Deals

Word's overall issue is appearance and intent for user friendliness and consequent less accessibility and control. WordPerfect's Reveal Codes feature outstrips all others for ease and function access to format codes. WordPerfect is lean and clean for format codes. Word, in terms of format and style,...
by orbivillein
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 17
Views: 5531

Re: Quarter 3 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35

I got an email that concerns me. I entered for the 3rd quarter but the email I got was titled: Congrats - Your story received Honorable Mention 2nd Quarter Then it opened up as: Dear Entrant, Your story has been judged and is an Honorable Mention for the 3rd quarter . Congratulations!!! Has there b...
by orbivillein
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 52247

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I'm in. Not sure if it is sci fi (Wikipedia's attempt to define "sci fi" wasn't much help), but I'm in. A workable definition for science fiction is most anything not real-world extant of a scientific or technological nature. "Hard" science fiction is especially about probable, ...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 52247

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

The WotF contest, science fiction and fantasy, fiction overall favor classic comedy's "happy endings" to a factor of about six out of ten; conflict resolution, about nine of ten. Farland has noted he loathes downbeat stories and outcomes fraught with ennui and angst for the sake of downbea...
by orbivillein
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Researching SF&F Fans
Replies: 5
Views: 4169

Re: Researching SF&F Fans

I no longer participate in any surveys. Recent and current events have shown those are motivated by malign agendas and for abuses. Even otherwise benevolent surveys presuppose wanted results: petitio principii , "begs the question," circular logic that assumes the conclusion at the outset ...
by orbivillein
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3074
Views: 730753

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi all, I'm new here, so still feeling my way through the forum. I've written for years, but only in the last few have I tried to do anything with my scribblings. At the moment I have a handful of short stories, three of which have been published online. One is still out, one is on the revision tab...
by orbivillein
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3074
Views: 730753

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi Guys, I'm new to the community. I have been an aspiring author for a long time, but I just discovered WOTF, a week ago. I plan to submit some manuscripts real soon. I know that the next deadline is October 1. I have a question. Is Supernatural Horror considered Dark Fantasy? Would stories from H...
by orbivillein
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 52247

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Other labels for "secondary world fantasy," "alternate world," and "secondary settings" include "high fantasy," "low fantasy" for otherwise real-world setting milieus, and "metaphysical." Reimagined, reinvented, or innovated fantasy creatio...
by orbivillein
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 24
Views: 10466

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

The bane of self-publication is a dearth of competent composition aptitude and editorial correspondence adjustment thereof. Not that the publication industry anymore exercises as much editorial input as in the past. The onus shifted elsewhere, somewhat to agents, somewhat to freelance editors, sever...

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