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by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you develop a central question for your Short Story?
Replies: 3
Views: 29

Re: How do you develop a central question for your Short Story?

Sometimes I start with a central idea in mind, but just as often I start with the characters or the plotline and let the central idea build through the course of writing the first draft. I have noticed that there are some recurring themes that tend to show up in my writing (the importance of persona...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 184
Views: 2422

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

TimE wrote:Well, damn. My humorous story is... long.

Long is relative.
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 38
Views: 1710

Re: Contest Questions

writer503 wrote:Are simultaneous submissions allowed by Writers of the Future? That is, can you submit the same story to the contest and to another publication? The contest rules page does not specifically say anything about simultaneous submissions.

I do not recommend simultaneous submissions. Not at all.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Anyone up for a Q1 exchange?
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Anyone up for a Q1 exchange?

I'll PM you. Anyone else interested in a swap, PM me. I have 4K ready to go. We're into Q2 at this point, and I don't have anything to swap quite at the moment, but I'll be willing to trade with you once the piece I'm working on has a passable draft. It'll probably be at least a few weeks before I'...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 38
Views: 1710

Re: Contest Questions

You should send in a complete story that fits the word count. If you don't have anything that is under 17k words, either edit them down (although the closer to that limit they are, they harder of a sell they're going to be), or write something that is :) That's sort of disheartening to hear about g...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2540
Views: 466355

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello everyone. I'm Daniel Donche, I tried to register unsuccessfully for a few years actually. Thought I'd try again and looks like the magic is in my favor this time. I live in Colorado Springs. I'm not new to the contest, per se, my record currently is R, HM, R, and I submitted a 4th story to 1s...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 184
Views: 2422

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I am, in fact, in, for the record. Got in on the 29th. Forgot to mention it here.
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 184
Views: 2422

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

storysinger wrote:My story is complete. One more pass and I'll submit it.

Go go go go go!
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 25
Views: 371

Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Either I'm blind, or this didn't exist until the day before Q2 starts.

Speaking of Q2, I'm poking at an outline. Yay!
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Semi-Finalist Question
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Re: Semi-Finalist Question

MiloMinderbinder wrote:How long after you were notified that you were a SF did you receive Dave's critique?

Did it come by email or by postal mail with your certificate?

I think I got mine a couple of months later by e-mail. It often takes awhile, simply because of how much other stuff Dave has going on.
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 184
Views: 2422

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Hey, all. First time on the forum. Nice to meet you. A new story each quarter? Well, I just found out from a friend that it's permissible to revise and resubmit a story as long as it didn't make finalist. Or semifinalist? Or something? Which I guess means I've been doing the SUPER SECRET Bonus Chal...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 32
Views: 805

Re: 4 in 36

This may sound weird, but I think what I'm going to try to do in order to make sure 4 in 36 happens is basically start a new short story once the previous one is done up until I've got all 4. If it takes a full quarter every time, oh well, but if I can hit the point of done in closer to a month and ...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 89
Views: 2336

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

michaeljwyantjr wrote:I'm in.

Awesome! I hope to be in by the end of the day. If not today, I should be able to get in tomorrow.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Helpful Writing Links
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Helpful Writing Links

Writing resources are always a good thing to have, and the internet is full of them if you know where to look. (I'm stealing a fair chunk of the links on this list from a thread I made on a previous forum, although I hadn't organized it into categories at that time.) Character Development Resources ...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 184
Views: 2422

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

TimE wrote:There's plenty who say humour is the exception and needs treble the editing to tune every syllable.

There will always be exceptions to every rule, but jokes can definitely be overwritten.
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 184
Views: 2422

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

And there's your proof. Thanks, Liz! Jus' doin' me duty, cap'n. *salutes* Thanks for this! This last point has just prompted a complete rewrite of my opening, but so far I like the new version a lot. I lose a lot of nice details from the original, but those don't necessarily add to the story anyway...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 184
Views: 2422

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

BEHOLD! Moon's SUPER SECRET #12: MAGIC UP FRONT! Okay, the correct way to say that would be: Speculative element obvious in the first two pages. BORING. But MAGIC UP FRONT sounds so much cooler! Can I get a ruling on my story for Q1? The title includes the speculative element, but it doesn't appear...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 184
Views: 2422

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Yes, there are exceptions to every rule. Yes, we've all read stories that start with another POV, and eventually hone in on the protagonist. If they're really good, a writer can break this rule. But it's a lot safer to just give the reader what they're looking for...their heroine!...right at the st...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 89
Views: 2336

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I have a story, but I've found that sending them to too many readers results in the above problem; too many cooks in the kitchen spoils the batch. I generally find about five critiques per story is a solid number to point out major issues, for me. I don't take every suggestion from from every criti...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 89
Views: 2336

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

There is a real danger in writing. It's called over editing. On good stories, our subconscious takes over, and it gives us a wondrous creation when it's flowing and we capture it. And then we look it over with our analytical mind and say, "Nope, I need to perfect this thing STAT!" And we ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Anyone up for a Q1 exchange?
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Anyone up for a Q1 exchange?

Well, there's about three weeks left until the end of the quarter, and I've finally got my story in a place where I'm willing to swap for crits. It's currently sitting at 5700 words. If you're interested in a trade, feel free to PM me.
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 89
Views: 2336

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I just looked over my draft, and realised that I have some major conceptual issues that are going to mean I'm about to do some massive rewrites of this story. I'll not get to keep a significant chunk of what I've done, but hey ho -- better than sticking with something that doesn't feel like it's na...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 184
Views: 2422

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

There's no way I can nail a first draft yet, tried that twice this year and ended up R. Maybe in a few years. I need to get better at subtext. These are fun to read keep em coming Moon. Honestly, I think some of that just comes down to what works for each individual writer. I don't think I'll ever ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 184
Views: 2422

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I have a rough idea of what I want and I am going to write every sentence with the question "how does this grip the reader?" I won't get tied down to my outlines or all the boring stuff I will try to insert. I will tackle each moment as it comes and try to keep the pace breakneck from sta...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 184
Views: 2422

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I originally gravitated here from the Hatrack forums, so my personal strategy tends to be making sure those first 13 lines of prose are as awesome as possible. It doesn't always work, but it often does, although it tends to take a few drafts to really get it right. (I've also found that what I think...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 38
Views: 1710

Re: Contest Questions

I have a question about pro markets and the contest - I understand that a market is considered pro if it pays 6 cents a word or more, correct? But what if it only pays 6 cents up to a certain word count, and your story is longer than that? I'm guessing that still counts, but thought I'd ask :) In m...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 38
Views: 1710

Re: Contest Questions

I have a question about pro markets and the contest - I understand that a market is considered pro if it pays 6 cents a word or more, correct? But what if it only pays 6 cents up to a certain word count, and your story is longer than that? I'm guessing that still counts, but thought I'd ask :) In m...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Competition entry format.
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: Competition entry format.

Thank you both for the answers. No, i haven't included chapters. I was just looking to make sure i formatted the layout properly before i really did anything. If it's formatting you're looking for help with, the Shunn Manuscript Format is an excellent example to follow. The only difference you'll w...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 89
Views: 2336

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Plugging away at my Q1 entry, slowly but surely. The bones are all in place; now it's just a matter of making sure the pacing is right and getting the prose where I'm happy with it. I might actually be done a couple of weeks before the deadline (but don't hold me to that, I'm just guessing). Nice w...

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