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by kentagions
Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 277
Views: 9782

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Forumites rule! HM for me.
Congratulations to everyone. wotf007
by kentagions
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 154
Views: 5020

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

wotf028 TIDBIT wotf044

Where's my refrigerator box and finger paint? Ima make me a tank and blow up that pesky tidbit.
Makin' me twitch before twitching time. Itchy twitchy tidbit.


BTW, thanks for capitalizing kentagions. Makes me feel important.
by kentagions
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Writing help
Replies: 6
Views: 77

Re: Writing help

Oh man! I was really trying to help.
wotf019
by kentagions
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Writing help
Replies: 6
Views: 77

Re: Writing help

What do you mean by "help"? Your link goes to a professional essay writing service. What kind of essay? An informative essay like an extended news article, a persuasive essay written to sway the reader to a certain point of view or a personal essay which is more of a creative nonfiction pi...
by kentagions
Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Revised Honorable Mentions
Replies: 5
Views: 122

Re: Revised Honorable Mentions

Peony is right. When you hit Submit on a quarterly entry, it can't be revised and resubmitted that quarter. There is no restriction on resubmitting the same story the following or subsequent quarters. The general consensus on the Forum advises against submitting the same story again. I'm included in...
by kentagions
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 277
Views: 9782

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

NNINN

Tremulo ego cogito ergo sum! wotf024
by kentagions
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Key learnings that make a difference!
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Key learnings that make a difference!

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-5 Writer's Guide to Character Traits, Linda N. Edelstein, PhD I was compiling list after list of character traits because it's essential to maintain character integrity when the character remains static throughout a story. It's ...
by kentagions
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue
Replies: 9
Views: 164

Re: Dialogue

Kind of along amoskalik's line of thought, I also have a dialog question for the thread. Are verbally expressed, non-words acceptable? Let's say I show someone a great new way to make a sandwich. They say, "Huh," meaning: I had never thought to do it that way. Your father isn't paying atte...
by kentagions
Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue
Replies: 9
Views: 164

Re: Dialogue

Implied: Suggested but not directly expressed. When one sits down to a normal family dinner, one expects dialog about work, school, weather, sports, family, gossip, etc. Imagine writing a story about a juicy piece of family gossip. Do you include the work talk that took place, the school talk, weath...
by kentagions
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2267
Views: 363321

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

I agree with Peony.
by kentagions
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 154
Views: 5020

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Confirmed for re-entry. Thank you Houston (Joni).
by kentagions
Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 154
Views: 5020

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Houston, I've got a negative on this current orbit trajectory. Please advise.
by kentagions
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 277
Views: 9782

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

I remember "Ole Blue Eyes." I have High Hopes that The Best is Yet to Come for my story, though this quarter might be won by a Girl From Ipanema . Still, I'm in and They Can't Take That Away From Me . Unlike you, I will twitch, waiting to see if I've won it All or Nothing at All , and hope...
by kentagions
Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2267
Views: 363321

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

But I loved you as a stalker, Kat!

I felt creeped out for such a long time and I just knew it was you.

Welcome and best of luck.
by kentagions
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions: Scene breaks
Replies: 11
Views: 227

Re: Questions: Scene and chapter-breaks

Hello again Mr. Salvatore, Remember that the judges are professional writers. As such, they adhere to accepted formatting that can be found on several websites (Here's a representative from Writer's Digest http://www.writersdigest.com/tip-of-the-day/how-to-submit-short-stories-formatting-basics ). T...
by kentagions
Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions: Scene breaks
Replies: 11
Views: 227

Re: Questions: Scene and chapter-breaks

Hi Mr. Salvatore, welcome to the Forum, Thank you for the question. I adhere to the scene break method you have described. The number sign (hashtag) is an old proofing mark used to indicate that adding a space is necessary (when words were accidentally runtogether) and used to indicate that a blank ...
by kentagions
Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 154
Views: 5020

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I got my story in before midnight and e-mailed it to Joni after the server crashed. I have not received any response. Does she usually respond if she gets it? I've never submitted in this way before. Anybody know? Hi Libai, I've submitted through Author Services (Joni) once before due to entry host...
by kentagions
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 154
Views: 5020

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

I just tried to enter. Board indicated that entries are closed. Midnight Pacific Time is the cutoff by the rules. Joni has helped with this problem in the past, so I sent her an email with my story attached and all of the pertinent info: name, address, phone, agreement with the rules. And a really b...
by kentagions
Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2267
Views: 363321

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome! Woo Hoo! Love to see this influx of writers.
wotf010
by kentagions
Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 154
Views: 5020

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

greenroom wrote:
Anyone else working on their entry this weekend?


Yup. Working on another new one. Long one. Finished outlining last Wednesday. Four thousand words so far.
by kentagions
Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Using historical figures in a story
Replies: 5
Views: 129

Re: Using historical figures in a story

Fred Saberhagen's short story Wings Out of Shadow ranks among my most favorite Sci-Fi stories. It is historically accurate and the story absolutely demands the characters. Original Star Trek's The Savage Curtain and Spectre of the Gun employ historical characters. Quantum Leap was all about historic...
by kentagions
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Pain, Depression, Failure...Don't Look Away
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Pain, Depression, Failure...Don't Look Away

There is a whole lot of angst in these pages lately. Depressed and dispirited posts left and right. It's wonderful to see these emotions, here. We're alive. We're kicking. Now write about it. I was recently honored to witness the last few hours of life bestowed upon a friend's mother. She had dement...
by kentagions
Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Key learnings that make a difference!
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Key learnings that make a difference!

This thread on the forum had a number of good book ideas: http://forum.writersofthefuture.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=2235 The best kick in the head my writing has ever received was from a good friend who kindly read one of my stories. She asked a simple question after reading it. "What were t...
by kentagions
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?

No to the first question, and Yes to the second. It is my understanding that each MRU encapsulates an external stimulus and the POV's reaction to it. Even small things within the environment will stimulate a realistic character and reveal more personality to the reader. These things need not be tied...
by kentagions
Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?

Swain's book Techniques of the Selling Writer is one of the best books on writing fiction. His names for certain things like 'scene/sequel' and 'MRU' are unorthodox, but his ideas are perfectly valid. As you've seen, adhering to his formula will strengthen one's prose. Quite a number of authorities ...
by kentagions
Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?

Macro level Scene/sequel: A method of ensuring that a whole scene is plotted. Scene - Goal, Conflict, Disaster. Followed by Sequel - Reaction, Dilemma, Decision. Which leads into the following scene. (One scene to one sequel - yes. Always back to back - yes, they flow into each other.) Think of scen...
by kentagions
Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you make an arrogant character likable?
Replies: 10
Views: 268

Re: How do you make an arrogant character likable?

Petting the Dog: A plot device designed to soften a hard-edged character. One facet of a character which is undeniably goodhearted. (Examples: Giving change to a beggar, over-tipping wait staff, kindness to children.)
by kentagions
Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you make an arrogant character likable?
Replies: 10
Views: 268

Re: How do you make an arrogant character likable?

The most iconic prick in literature is Sherlock Holmes. Sidekick POV is John Watson. I don't believe Holmes could have worked if written in third person close narrative from his POV. His major appeal is the ruthless pursuit of truth against all social and intellectual convention. He elevates the wea...
by kentagions
Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 17565

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Ishmael wrote: One issue was raised over which I'd be interested to hear other views. In deciding on the POV character, the best advice I've read or heard is to choose the one who has the highest emotional investment or has the most to lose. While the audience can become emotional over a handicapped...
by kentagions
Mon Dec 26, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 277
Views: 9782

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Henckel wrote: 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%? I believe that it would work. The major thing anyone has to worry about in changing POV is reader confusion. If the story absolutel...

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