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by RSchibler
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 134
Views: 5320

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

If anyone want me to review their piece, PM me. I can turn around within a few days. I might ask that you give me feedback on the first few scenes of a piece I've been struggling with. I sent mine in already, but please feel free to PM me your piece. I'd be happy to take a look as a reader and a wr...
by RSchibler
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Quick Crits: Q2 V.37 (March 31, 2020)
Replies: 19
Views: 362

Re: Quick Crits: Q2 V.37 (March 31, 2020)

OFFER: same as Dustin for lengths and turnarounds.
by RSchibler
Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 26122

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Eagerink wrote:I got my certificate a couple days ago.

Oooh it’s coming yay! My first Silver!
by RSchibler
Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2562
Views: 116572

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

I am in for Q2. Love that feeling of having TWO stories at WotF. Good luck to everyone finishing their stories for the quarter. My second story is in the final revisions and will be heading out to the market round. I am still querying the YA fantasy novel, but no news there yet.
by RSchibler
Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 134
Views: 5320

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

I'm in for Q2 - we decided to move a month earlier and I will be very busy over the coming weeks so I decided to just get it sent in. I am still available for critiques, but the closer we get to the end of the month, I may have to say no to longer pieces. Good luck everyone!
by RSchibler
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2562
Views: 116572

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

Great notes on the class, Leah, thanks. I particularly appreciate the breakdown of the sequel section. I feel like it must be easy to miss depth on one or more of those elements.
by RSchibler
Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2562
Views: 116572

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

1. Slippery Slope 2. One claw over the line 3. The dark eruption 4. Poisoned benefit 5. Stew of a different color Fun homework assignment Wulf, thanks! I mean this in the best way possible, but there are dozens of available threads on the forum. This one is special, because Wulf is taking time out ...
by RSchibler
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 53
Views: 3086

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

That’s seriously impressive. Congratulations
by RSchibler
Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2562
Views: 116572

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

I wish I could be there! I am so excited for everyone who gets to take this class and just over the (heh) moon for you! Congratulations!
by RSchibler
Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4164
Views: 949702

Re: Success!

I get it! Share when you can. Congratulations!
by RSchibler
Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4164
Views: 949702

Re: Success!

Rejections don't always mean it's not your market, but I am glad they found success elsewhere! What is the market so we can check it out when it hits?
by RSchibler
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2562
Views: 116572

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

I’ve started limiting my stories to a few readers, and they read different versions usually. I also use crits to look for consensus—did two readers comment on the same spot? Etc. I don’t have a wise reader, sadly, but I have some excellent writing partners though, who give me just the feedback I nee...
by RSchibler
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 134
Views: 5320

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Don’t worry about length in the first draft. That’s what revision is for! Good luck!
by RSchibler
Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1101980

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Oh My God Did I Do It?
by RSchibler
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Looking for more help
Replies: 3
Views: 500

Re: Looking for more help

Always. Unless I’ve already seen it and you’re looking for fresh eyes.
by RSchibler
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2562
Views: 116572

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I applied September 25 last year and found out the first Monday in December I think - but most people were notified the day after Thanksgiving.
by RSchibler
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2562
Views: 116572

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

They said, "Mermaid frozen in an iceberg," and he developed the coolest story out of it on the fly, and then pitched it to us without batting an eye. It was amazing to see his mind work that up so fast, and then relate it to us in a pitch, demonstrating how it's done. He's an excellent in...
by RSchibler
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Use of italics for emphasis
Replies: 14
Views: 985

Re: Use of italics for emphasis

Uh oh. The character climax of my novel is all mind speech and is a three way italics conversion. Guess it won’t be up your alley!
by RSchibler
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2562
Views: 116572

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Reporting in just to—as Wulf said— show we’re all in this together. I have sent 8 queries on my YA fantasy novel so far - and I already have a full request! Very exciting. I’ve completed one story that will be my WotF entry for this quarter and am 1k into a second story. My krakens come back and go ...
by RSchibler
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Pitching a novel at Life, The Universe & Everything
Replies: 13
Views: 811

Re: Pitching a novel at Life, The Universe & Everything

That’s a great result! Congratulations!
by RSchibler
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 185
Views: 10464

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

HermioneLee wrote:Thank you very much, TimE. So everyone, from Semi-Finalist to Rejection, receives an email from Joni?


Everyone. She’s amazing!
by RSchibler
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2562
Views: 116572

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I'm going to give you some free advice...wait a minute, all this advice is free! :) I recall the most important thing I learned in sales, the KISS method: KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID. :) It is really, really easy to complicate what a story is, turn the process into some elaborate monstrosity, or cloak i...
by RSchibler
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2562
Views: 116572

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

At the risk of tooting my own horn, I will say that this past year I started focusing on the internal journey of my MCs instead of the external and I got 2HMs, a SHM, and my first pro sale. It’s the emotional element that is compelling, I think, in stories. Even Jack Ryan and Jason Bourne have inter...
by RSchibler
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2562
Views: 116572

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thank you for sharing this, Becky! I've focused on internal character arcs with a Three-Act Structure when writing novels, but for some reason I have a really hard time making my brain translate this same concept into short stories. Any tips on that would be much appreciated! Same thing, just short...
by RSchibler
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2562
Views: 116572

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I took Dan Well's class on "Creating Character Arcs" and it was awesome. Not only does he sound just like he does on Writing Excuses, but the information was amazing. It just helped me finish off my Q2 submission. Thanks Becky! A question: Do you think that the main character arc needs to...
by RSchibler
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 2562
Views: 116572

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I took Dan Well's class on "Creating Character Arcs" and it was awesome. Not only does he sound just like he does on Writing Excuses, but the information was amazing. It just helped me finish off my Q2 submission. Basically, he walked the class through the Three-Act Structure with an empha...
by RSchibler
Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 134
Views: 5320

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Henckel wrote:Does anyone else out there use polysyndeton as a literary device? I don't see this much (if any) in sci fi/fantasy. Not sure us using such a device would be frowned upon in this contest (even when used correctly)??? Any thoughts?



Learned me a new word today! wotf001
by RSchibler
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 93
Views: 5048

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

I’m getting up at 3am. I should be dreading the flight and the tired but I’m so excited!
by RSchibler
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Is a fantasy story without an ending/solution that involves fantasy wrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 560

Re: Is a fantasy story without an ending/solution that involves fantasy wrong?

It’s generally recommended to avoid details regarding your story on the forum as the contest is anonymous - I’d edit out those details. Judges have been known to browse the forum.

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