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by RSchibler
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dave Farland's Workshop
Replies: 9
Views: 67

Re: Dave Farland's Workshop

These are great to know, thanks! I'd love to take one of his workshops at some point when I have some time off of work. Maybe I'll start with one of the online ones once I've figured out how much writing time I have left around Moon's vol. 37 challenge. Not to just parrot everyone else, but point 3...
by RSchibler
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dave Farland's Workshop
Replies: 9
Views: 67

Re: Dave Farland's Workshop

Thanks so much for sharing this! #3 is particularly interesting. Also makes me feel better about my HM - it really does mean something!
by RSchibler
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

What does this tell you, and how does this relate to you, to this challenge? Discuss please. This is your current assignment. I think it's fairly simple. Work in, work out. Whether it's 1,000,000 words, or 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration, the fact remains that a lot of success comes down to gri...
by RSchibler
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

1. What exactly is denoument, and why must a story have it? Denoument is defined as "the climax of a chain of events, usually when something is decided or made clear". It's why sitcoms always end with everything back to normal - because that stability is not only their brand, but their me...
by RSchibler
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19117

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I recommend the submission grinder - it takes word count into consideration when it gives you available markets!
by RSchibler
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

First, an apology. I intended to do these faster, but y'all are prolific posters and I'm a very busy human. Feel free to ignore any and all of my comments as always. I'll try to do the next batch with more dispatch. wotf009 Hey, The Girl with the Glasses . I really enjoyed your siren's story. The ma...
by RSchibler
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 50
Views: 978

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I've got a solid first draft of a story long enough for Q1, and a shorter flash piece as well. I don't know if they'll be my submission, but if something goes nuts in my life, I have something to submit. Hope everyone is writing well!
by RSchibler
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Writers of the Future asks for your podcast input.
Replies: 28
Views: 1590

Re: Writers of the Future asks for your podcast input.

I've been listening to them between audio books and I really enjoy them. I particularly enjoyed the Topanga Canyon story. As a writer who bombards the pro publications with my stories regularly it was so encouraging to hear how much value the personal rejections I get are. I wonder if their value ha...
by RSchibler
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

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

I'm in. My first flash piece won't win any awards, but editing was good practice. Hopefully many others jump on the bandwagon! Looking forward to all growing together. Now back to longer-form writing, Ari First of all, this is a great take on magic. Well done. I was immediately drawn into the world...
by RSchibler
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

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

I'm in. My 500, titled "Mother's Love" (499 by my computer's count) "I can't, mama." Sahmi slapped her four-year-old daughter, leaving a bright red mark. "Don't call me that." She beat sand from Dyah's cotton smock where she'd stumbled. "Try again. Cross the room.&...
by RSchibler
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

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

There's that million words idea again. For the interested, I'm at 442,884 words. The flash I wrote Sunday, based on the Inktober prompt, just fell from my fingers. I wasn't thinking about writing a story, I was writing the story. Don't know how good it is, of course, but it's certainly a lot better ...
by RSchibler
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Revision Tips and Tricks
Replies: 13
Views: 228

Re: Revision Tips and Tricks

As far as revisions go, I'm a very haphazard reviser. I edit as I go, I poke at sections, I change big things and small things all the time. I don't know if there's a method out there that I'll someday discover and stick to, but I personally find it difficult to do a pass JUST for grammar or JUST fo...
by RSchibler
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Revision Tips and Tricks
Replies: 13
Views: 228

Re: Revision Tips and Tricks

Everything I learned about critiques I learned in kindergarten. No wait. Critters.org! That's where I learned it. (Although there's some overlap now that I think about it. Playing nicely, sharing, taking turns, using nice words...) I recommend going to their "Writing/Critiquing Resources" ...
by RSchibler
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

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

Just got my story down to 246, after complaining to a writing buddy that it was impossible . Just keep looking for slices of your bigger tale that tell enough of the story to invite the reader to imagine the rest in their mind. Hopefully mine does that - we'll see when I post it. I tried a number of...
by RSchibler
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

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

I've written a first draft of a story for this. It's currently at 933 words. It's even got 3 try fail cycles, because I focused on a very small scene, and two layers of the prompt. As tempting as it is to poke at it more today, I am going to let it rest and come back to it tomorrow or Sunday to cut ...
by RSchibler
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

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

Yeah it’s important to let it rest. If you look back, you’ll see I really struggled with the 250 phase. My first submission at that length is watery porridge. But I knew it so I kept poking at it, and was able to find a slice of the story that fit the word count. It’s not about getting all of what y...
by RSchibler
Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

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

I haven't responded to the "What have you learned" question, because frankly I feel like I learned so much this last year I didn't know where to begin. I had already been dedicated to submitting a story every quarter, and Q1 of this year was the first time I submitted a previously rejected...
by RSchibler
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36
Replies: 18
Views: 563

Re: Quarter 4 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36

First, it’s recommended you delete any identifying information regarding your story from your post. The contest is anonymous. Second, you’re probably fine. Mentioning historically relevant details as milieu is isn’t the issue, it’s borrowing from them wholesale without attribution.
by RSchibler
Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Need Input on an Honorable Mention
Replies: 9
Views: 170

Re: Need Input on an Honorable Mention

I’ll be doing it today.
by RSchibler
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Need Input on an Honorable Mention
Replies: 9
Views: 170

Re: Need Input on an Honorable Mention

Always. Send it :)
by RSchibler
Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19117

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I received an HM. Congratulations and commiserations to all! This is the third time I’ve woken up to results. Also I’ve broken my alternating streak and got two HMs in a row, which is nice.
by RSchibler
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 100
Views: 6133

Re: 4 in 36

4/4 for the second year in a row.
by RSchibler
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

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

I'll be back with a few thoughts about what I've learned, but in the meantime, I'm in! I did 3 fresh, one canned story. Thanks for the challenge and the camaraderie! Best of luck to all!
by RSchibler
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 239
Views: 6662

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I'm in. Best of luck to anyone squeezing in at the last minute! Congratulations to all who entered!
by RSchibler
Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19117

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Y'all are killing me posting in the results only thread. Every time I see it go red I think results are coming out!
by RSchibler
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 545
Views: 19117

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Every day is Thursday


wotf024 Onward! Write your next!
by RSchibler
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critique swap (12000 words)
Replies: 3
Views: 78

Re: Critique swap (12000 words)

You can email me via the forum, once you have a response from me you can attach the document. Or send me a google docs link.
by RSchibler
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critique swap (12000 words)
Replies: 3
Views: 78

Re: Critique swap (12000 words)

Send it my way
by RSchibler
Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40871

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

I really waffled about whether or not to take this on. I love a challenge, and writing fresh stories this year not only improved my craft, but it's gotten easier to write fresh stories. I have a novel I need to finish, though, and so I had to really take a step back and look at my life to decide if ...

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