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by amyhg
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 407
Views: 13782

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

And the results?

Joni giggled.

I got SECOND PLACE! *happy dance*

If I understand correctly, that removes me as a contender for the Golden Pen, which means I can officially stop twitching and kick back until April.
by amyhg
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"
Replies: 10
Views: 187

Re: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"

sounds like yours is YA, rather than a Children's Story. Yes, it probably is. So is WotF an appropriate publication for a YA story? Offhand, I can't recall reading any winning stories that were targeted for a predominantly YA audience. There's been a few that could be considered YA. Personally, I c...
by amyhg
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"
Replies: 10
Views: 187

Re: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"

I agree with pretty much what everyone else said. I think when they say, "children's stories," they mean stories whose content and themes remain only at a children's level. E.g. Peter Rabbit, The Ugly Duckling, Amelia Bedelia, or Wind in the Willows. However, it may not include books like,...
by amyhg
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Diabolical Plots Submission Critique Request
Replies: 0
Views: 70

Diabolical Plots Submission Critique Request

Hey, Folks! I'm hoping to submit to Diabolical Plots while it's open this month. Anyone willing to critique my first-ish draft? Submissions can't be over 3500 words so it's a short piece. It started as a longer piece and I've been cutting it down. I've squeezed out over 3000 words so far. As a resul...
by amyhg
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing Room/Office/Space
Replies: 10
Views: 144

Re: Writing Room/Office/Space

I have my desk tucked in a corner where I get lots of natural light, with the bird feeder outside the window so I can watch the birds bird while I'm searching for the right word. *cue music* A-well, a bird, bird, bird, well-a bird is a word... (wish they had a dancing emoticon) Agreed on the view o...
by amyhg
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 407
Views: 13782

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Conga rats dancing for you, Amy! Sorry it's not over yet; best wishes on the judges recognizing your skills. Either way, it's a hard won honor, and kudos to you! Later, you can tell us if you wrote a story about twins being betrayed by their government! Wait? Wasn't that already done by Schwarzeneg...
by amyhg
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing Room/Office/Space
Replies: 10
Views: 144

Writing Room/Office/Space

I couldn't find another discussion on this topic so hopefully I'm not rehashing a discussion. About six weeks ago, my husband started working from home. We've done this before and already had a space allotted for a home office. However, over the last three years of him working out of the home, I kin...
by amyhg
Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Surprise Endings
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: Surprise Endings

I think this is something that comes from experience and study. I think one of the best ways to achieve it is to study the archetypal (and often cliche) plot/character evolutions being used in popular books. Some of the best twists I've seen make it seem like the story is going that way and then, in...
by amyhg
Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running
Replies: 7
Views: 251

Re: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running

As entertaining as the irony is, Beverlyalcock is spamming a custom essay writing service.
by amyhg
Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running
Replies: 7
Views: 251

Re: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running

Pretty sure dalept4 is spamming porn...
by amyhg
Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 9
Views: 219

Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Dustin Adams wrote:I believe KD Wentworth's story was the shortest win at 2k.


Wow. I get the impression that you're the WOTF Anthology guru. Out of curiosity, how many volumes have you read?
by amyhg
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 259

Re: Finishing Stories

Need to change your signature. wotf011 Well, she doesn't know if she placed yet or not, so that may be why she hasn't. wotf011 True dat. I was just thinking the F, and pending for the W (fingers still crossed!) Yup, waiting for the call. That way I change it in one stroke rather than having the ago...
by amyhg
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 259

Re: Finishing Stories

As for revisions, I hope I get quicker at that. I revise as I go because I fall on the "discovery writer" side of the spectrum. When new ideas occur that add new elements or take a story in a new direction, I feel like I have to go back and rewrite or insert important details right then or...
by amyhg
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 259

Re: Finishing Stories

Authors who instruct, whether in class or books, always describe the maturation process of an idea. Some cook the idea, some build around it and some let it ripen, but however described, the idea maturation process takes a different amount of time for each idea. I like how you described that becaus...
by amyhg
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 407
Views: 13782

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Thank you, everyone! I'm so excited! I got a voicemail from Joni to call her back and I could hardly believe it. Now I'm glad I have the voicemail because I've listened to it like a bajillion times. I hoped the last year of intense study would pay off and I'm glad to see that at least with this stor...
by amyhg
Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 407
Views: 13782

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

wotf058

O_O

I can't decide if I'm twitching more from waiting for placement results or for my twins to come.
by amyhg
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 407
Views: 13782

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Congrats, everyone, on learning experiences achievements! wotf009 Any word on semi-finalists? Do they usually take longer to come out? There's usually 2 or 3 forumites who report one and I haven't seen any yet. Ckkemp reported a Semi-finalist under the Q2 quarterly results thread a few days ago. Oo...
by amyhg
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 259

Finishing Stories

So, I'm running up against the common dread unfinishing disease that plagues so many writers. I have at least a dozen stories with the first 2,000+ words written only to be set aside for a different project. I know I need to be disciplined and just finish, but I've realized there's another cause to ...
by amyhg
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 407
Views: 13782

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Congrats, everyone, on learning experiences achievements! wotf009

Any word on semi-finalists? Do they usually take longer to come out? There's usually 2 or 3 forumites who report one and I haven't seen any yet.
by amyhg
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 399

Re: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion

If WotF suddenly send me a cheque for the other 30% I will be sure to come back here and report it! y ha ha. Please do. I wonder if it's more applicable to paper-copy magazines where page count matters more. Still, that would apply to WOTF. I guess it's something to look at and ask about when looki...
by amyhg
Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Diabolical Plots (July 2017)
Replies: 0
Views: 51

Diabolical Plots (July 2017)

Just a head's up, Diabolical Plots is opening up for submissions next month!

http://www.diabolicalplots.com/guidelines/

Happy writing!
by amyhg
Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 399

Re: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion

Dave's Writing Tip today was on word count. He said that "word count" is actually not the number of words in a story. A word, by professional definition, is 6 character spaces. Therefore, most stories are actually 30% longer than the computer calculated word count. So sometimes novice writ...
by amyhg
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 399

Re: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion

It's taken a long time for me to get past HM. It's one thing to hear about the items to work on. It's another to recognize it in a different story, or have it pointed out in yours. I think Amy definitely got the best deal out of her project. :) You discovered the truth of the situation. wotf001 It ...
by amyhg
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 399

Re: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion

Many of us have been published, not just enough to knock us out of the competition. We learn form each other too. Oh, I totally agree with that. I just think it's better to learn from people who have some "credentials" (e.g. some decent contest results, other publications, etc.). Yeah, I ...
by amyhg
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 399

Re: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion

While scouring The Story Doctor website, which features many of Dave's writing tips, I came across an interesting checklist Dave composed that he used to use. Here's a link: https://mystorydoctor.com/12588-2/ . Talk about extensive. I started reading not realizing how in-depth it was and finished wi...
by amyhg
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 179
Views: 5774

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

FYI, just posted a blurb on my Q1 Rank Analysis conclusions. Love to get a discussion rolling on it if y'all want to take a look: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=2545.

Amy
by amyhg
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 407
Views: 13782

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

FYI, just posted a blurb on my Q1 Rank Analysis conclusions. Love to get a discussion rolling on it if y'all want to take a look: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=2545.

Amy
by amyhg
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 15228

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

FYI, just posted a blurb on my Q1 Rank Analysis conclusions. Love to get a discussion rolling on it if y'all want to take a look: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=2545&p=79052#p79052.

Amy
by amyhg
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 399

Re: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion

If someone is really looking for advice, they should read Dave's Daily Kicks. He's the coordinating judge, and he gives writers all the advice they need. Generally, I think writing advice from novices can steer one rapidly down any number of rabbit holes. But if we're giving out novice advice, here...
by amyhg
Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 399

V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion

Hey, folks! Some of you might be aware that I requested to read people's Q1 stories. I had about a dozen sent my way with varying results from Q1. I'd need a much larger sample to hang my hat on what I learned, but it was still a good experience. Here's my overall conclusions. Disclaimer: This is me...

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