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by michaeljwyantjr
Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Rules of Writing
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: Rules of Writing

Hm... this made me think! I guess I do have a few rules I follow: 1. Outline in thirds (pantser here) 2. First drafts don't matter; follow that thread until it's dead. 3. Open each scene with a KAV cycle, no matter how short ( wotf011 ) 4. Love your main character or no one else will. 4a. Make them ...
by michaeljwyantjr
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 103
Views: 3142

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

wotf024 My Q2 submission is in!

Now back to panicking about my Q1 results.
by michaeljwyantjr
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critiques by Ishmael
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: Critiques by Ishmael

Just wanted to throw out a public "thank you" for the critique, Ishmael! wotf009
by michaeljwyantjr
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 103
Views: 3142

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Hey folks!

I'm sitting on an 8,680 word dystopian/sci-fi story if anyone is ready for an exchange.

Thanks!
by michaeljwyantjr
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 124
Views: 4455

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

He did mention it during one of the calls for the online classes around the same time. It wasn't 100% clear he'd finished and I don't remember exactly what he said, but I remember my takeaway was he'd finished. Is there a term for analyzing Dave's actions and public statements as it relates to WoTF?...
by michaeljwyantjr
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 749473

Re: Success!

Pledged and ready for it!
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 103
Views: 3142

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

If you have a partial, I'd be down with taking a look if you'd like. Sometimes I find feedback helps kick me in the butt.
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1126
Views: 203338

Re: Five Minute Rant

Do it!
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 103
Views: 3142

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Plowed through the halfway point yesterday. Still looking at the end of this week for a first draft.
by michaeljwyantjr
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 124
Views: 4455

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

"That's why I live in a bubble, friend," I say cheerfully. "No wind gets me in here. Damn it all, I say."
by michaeljwyantjr
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Story for Q2 Volume 35 needs exchange
Replies: 5
Views: 97

Re: Story for Q2 Volume 35 needs exchange

Awesome! Will do.
by michaeljwyantjr
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 749473

Re: Success!

Congratulations!
by michaeljwyantjr
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Story for Q2 Volume 35 needs exchange
Replies: 5
Views: 97

Re: Story for Q2 Volume 35 needs exchange

I'll be down for an exchange in a week or so. Started working on my Q2 sub in earnest and should have something ready by then.
by michaeljwyantjr
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 749473

Re: Success!

jficke13 wrote:Thanks. And holy crap that gif is awesome.

It is Weasel Stomping Day, after all.
by michaeljwyantjr
Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 103
Views: 3142

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Congrats! I have the outline for my Q2 submission done, so I’m only really far behind you. :p
by michaeljwyantjr
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 124
Views: 4455

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

morganb wrote:I had to email my story to contests@authorservicesinc.com. I'm really hoping that's the correct email address to use. Did anyone else send theirs to a different addy?

~Morgan


That’s the one I usually end up chatting with Joni on.
by michaeljwyantjr
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 124
Views: 4455

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

It should be open until the end of today, PST if I remember correctly. I had a conversation with Joni about this last quarter and I think the issue comes down to programming the wrong 12 in the portal. It'd probably be best to just use military time; i.e. 00:00 January 1st.
by michaeljwyantjr
Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Conflict & Tension
Replies: 6
Views: 179

Re: Conflict & Tension

I'd have to look up the exact phrasing, but he emphasized the value of conflict . Tension was my phrasing. It's a good point that the tension should ebb and flow. Tension will abound in flash fiction because there's so little time in which to accomplish so much. I think the operative bit here is in...
by michaeljwyantjr
Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 103
Views: 3142

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Q1 submission complete... on to next quarter!
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 749473

Re: Success!

Made my very first ever paying sale last week! It took six months to hear back from the publication and to be honest, I'd completely forgotten I had submitted. Just another reminder, I suppose, that patience is a must in this game. I'll post more info when the publication goes live (sometime early ...
by michaeljwyantjr
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 103
Views: 3142

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Don't suppose anyone here is interested in a story swap? I'm sitting on a ~2,000 submission for Q1, so it's not a super heavy lift on my end (for once).

Ping me if interested!
by michaeljwyantjr
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 103
Views: 3142

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

I'm a little late to the party, but what the hell... I'm in. They might not be my best stories, but they'll be going in each quarter. wotf024
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)
Replies: 8
Views: 394

Re: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)

If you're looking more on the "already built" side of things, Wordpress.com has their free offerings which can be easily updated to use a custom URL, though you'll pay real money for it at that point. Personally, I've grown fond of Medium lately. They offer custom domain linking as well, w...
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Why Do You Write?
Replies: 13
Views: 502

Re: Why Do You Write?

Some fast writers use ghostwriters, some don't. Some fast writers ARE ghostwriters. They have enough time in their schedules to make money on the side. Some great art is written quickly. Some is written slowly. (Some schlock is written quickly, some slowly.) All you can do is find your own way. I'd...
by michaeljwyantjr
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34
Replies: 23
Views: 824

Re: Quarter 4, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34

CalmSand wrote:wotf059


Congrats as well!
by michaeljwyantjr
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34
Replies: 23
Views: 824

Re: Quarter 4, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34

jficke13 wrote:wotf059

(3rd)

This is pretty surreal.


That’s incredible! Congrats!
by michaeljwyantjr
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 11580

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Well... I’ll break the silence. Honorable Mention for Q4 here...
EDIT: Whoops. My notifications didn’t kick in and I thought I was posting first.

wotf017

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