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by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 29
Views: 4462

Re: Dialogue Tips

Definitely a bot and/or spam in my opinion, though the signature link in itself isn't harmful. We have a couple of bots floating around, though I don't want to keep bothering the moderators with reports, especially if someone else has already reported the posts. I wonder if it's possible to ban lin...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 29
Views: 4462

Re: Dialogue Tips

Dustin Adams wrote:Me thinks Wiomis may be a bot. :(
I don't recommend clicking the link.

I'm worried about that, myself. There are some warning signs I've noticed over the years, and that post features many of them.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 532
Views: 30031

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

BrandieJ wrote:Thanks guys. I am truly grateful, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to win.

Of course. *more hugs!* If you need to talk about it, feel free to PM me.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 532
Views: 30031

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

BrandieJ wrote:Well... not a winner. I appreciate getting this far, but I was hoping for a different call.

*BIG HUGS* I'm sorry. I know that feel, believe me.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 64
Views: 1593

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Well the story I was thinking of submitting for Q4 has just been accepted for publication in a time travel anthology. Obviously I’m pleased, but I’m now wondering if I should have submitted it to WotF instead! No point in wondering that (although I've done the same thing myself in the past, I will ...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Short Story vs Novel
Replies: 4
Views: 71

Re: Short Story vs Novel

Hi all, I have been wondering what the difference between a short story and a novel is, besides length. What are the main differences? I want to change one or two of my short stories into YA novels, but I don't know how to go about it. Thanks for any help you can give me! There's just... more. Of e...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 64
Views: 1593

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Dustin Adams wrote:Thanks to Reuben's assistance with getting butt in chair, I've got my first draft complete!
Now I edit until the deadline. wotf019

Woohoo!
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 64
Views: 1593

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Sally_salamander wrote:I just finally emotionally rebounded from my Q2 R, gonna start working on a Q4 entry today. Happy writing to everyone.

*hugs!* I've been there. Glad you made it through! Happy writing to you as well. wotf007
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:28 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4238
Views: 1012570

Re: Success!

Awesome job, Bartleby! That's a lot of great news. wotf007 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:51 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to fix a short short story?
Replies: 3
Views: 95

Re: How to fix a short short story?

Are any parts confusing at all and need a little more explanation? As per Dave's tips on character arcs - do you have The Lie, The Wound, New Action, Wants and Needs covered. Do you have a theme? Does it need more work? Is the setting well described, does it play a part in the story? Do you have en...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4238
Views: 1012570

Re: Success!

Wow. That must make a whole lot of new people eligible again. Keep that quiet. wotf001 Congrats on your first pro sale. For the second time! wotf007 Honestly, I'm guessing that's why the competition has felt steeper of late--but that's just a guess, no hard data to back it up. That's surprising. I ...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 532
Views: 30031

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Depends on how you define drafts? I'm pretty sure I fell away from standard drafting at some point, although it was a gradual thing. I save a new document every time I make some manner of major revision to a story, so my current WIPs are marked 0.9 and 0.6 respectively. Only probably three or four &...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Ways to craft an effective introduction?
Replies: 7
Views: 115

Re: Ways to craft an effective introduction?

Thanks for the feedback. The general consensus is it takes too long to get to the action. Glad to help. If you're having a hard time getting into the action right away, it might be good to make that a focus during edits. I wouldn't worry about it so much during the first draft--that's about getting...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4238
Views: 1012570

Re: Success!

michaeljwyantjr wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:It's my third pro sale...


Doesn't that mean you can get that SFWA membership card now? wotf026

I don't have the money for that, I have babies. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Ways to craft an effective introduction?
Replies: 7
Views: 115

Re: Ways to craft an effective introduction?

I'd have to read your work to give personalized suggestions, but I can go over the basics: Generally speaking, the important steps are to establish the viewpoint character (preferably by having them take an action that illustrates something about their character), give a sense of the setting/genre, ...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4238
Views: 1012570

Re: Success!

AlexH wrote:Wow. That must make a whole lot of new people eligible again. Keep that quiet. wotf001

Congrats on your first pro sale. For the second time! wotf007

Honestly, I'm guessing that's why the competition has felt steeper of late--but that's just a guess, no hard data to back it up.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: RULES for critiques
Replies: 19
Views: 11207

Re: RULES for critiques

1. You cannot mention anything of the story you need critiqued if it is an entry or potential entry for the Writers of the Future Contest. 2. You must, basically, initiate a call for critiquers to look at your story via a post with your e-mail and any other contact information they want to share. 3...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4238
Views: 1012570

Re: Success!

http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007 Nice! You're...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 532
Views: 30031

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

BrandieJ wrote:Hey guys. I don't post a lot here, rather keeping to the shadows. But I found out I'm a finalist for this quarter. I am so excited and so nervous. And then excited again.

wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 Awesome! Best of luck, Brandie! wotf007
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4238
Views: 1012570

Re: Success!

http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fan ... ange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 532
Views: 30031

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

wotf057 Wow. Congratulations to everyone and commiserations to anyone who is disappointed. I understand that feeling in the bottom of my soul. Keep writing, and as a dear friend recently told me, BELIEVE in yourself and your goals. Way awesome. Is your story available to read somewhere? Do you have...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 532
Views: 30031

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

RSchibler wrote:wotf057

GREAT JOB, BECKY! wotf049 wotf026 wotf049 wotf026 wotf049
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 532
Views: 30031

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

SHM for me.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 532
Views: 30031

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Dustin Adams wrote:
KD Julicher wrote:Just whatever you do don't use ale and mead interchangeably. (Because mead comes from honey, if anyone is confused).

I literally did that in my first paragraph. wotf018

wotf005 *BIG HUGS*
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 437
Views: 39569

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

D.Kav wrote:I just got my results in the mail (in Europe). Silver HM. Never got an email or anything.

Did you make an electronic sub or a paper sub? (If you made an electronic sub, it's possible your spam filter caught Joni's e-mail or something.)
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 532
Views: 30031

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Santana wrote:I've read Dave's article and now I'm confused. Ale is beer, right?

Ale is a specific type of beer, brewed without hops. Best guess: ale is a more specific term, and using it interchangeably with beer makes the exact nature of the drink unclear. Dave is all about details and clarity.
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4238
Views: 1012570

Re: Success!

wotf007 Congratulations, Milo! wotf010 wotf010 wotf010
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Cursing and Sexual Situations in WOTF Stories?
Replies: 20
Views: 2928

Re: Cursing and Sexual Situations in WOTF Stories?

Not sure if this is the write place to ask this, but here goes. What about works set in time periods where current socially acceptable terms would be anachronistic, but the terms of the day are now considered unacceptable? I would definitely tread lightly in such cases, especially if the terms in q...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What have you done when the words no longer flowed onto the page?
Replies: 14
Views: 224

Re: What have you done when the words no longer flowed onto the page?

If it's happening on one project, usually that means I made a mistake in my draft and need to go back and figure out what it is so I can fix it. Sometimes a bit of research on something related to the story can help. If it's happening no matter what I write, that means I'm either overstressed or my ...

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