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by Wulf Moon
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 244
Views: 22045

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Thanks, Dragon & Disgruntled! :) (Got to love our names.) I know he won and others have, too. I'm just edgy and seeing that yesterday made me realize I don't know what I don't know. I do know I'm doing something right to get the HMs. I'd hoped the Q2 was good enough to at least receive a SHM if...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215704

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

To all. Just some cool writing advice by Mark Twain.

"The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215704

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

A few alterations and here's the result. D'hani stood in the door shaking snow from his cape, the north wind whipping by threatened to extinguish the hearth fire. "Who is the owner of this wretched excuse for an inn?" A stoop-shouldered old man rounded the end of the bar and, loosening hi...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2912
Views: 585042

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome aboard, James! Looks like you are on your way to writing your one million words! Well done! And teaching kids how to make music, and building instruments? Kudos to you! I think you'd really enjoy the subject matter of a story I wrote that may or may not be coming soon to a magazine near you!...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2912
Views: 585042

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome aboard, Fitz!

Since you’ve been lurking here for a long time, you know the drill. Take advantage of the quarter folder you enter in, and don’t forget there are places to get critiques on your work and critique others’ work.

Welcome aboard and have a great time!

Wulf Moon
Forum moderator
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 244
Views: 22045

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

This forum is a great place to meet other writers - all struggling with waiting for results! - and a great place to practice and learn. Our Fearless Leader: The Great and Powerful Wulf Moon, has proffered us the Write-O-Nomicon, the Holy Grail of tips and tricks to help us become powerful wizards o...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215704

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

Empressed, what CCrawford (Crystal) said. :) Glad Fyrelite got you signed in to my Master Class. Told you I'd do my best! As for Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge (this thread), this is a free workshop and challenge I hold for WotF Forumites that wish to join. I state the requiremen...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215704

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

Here's hoping! Still haven't received my receipt, so my nails look uneven again. LOL. Hoping that's because of the holiday weekend. I haven't been able to attend a writers conference in a few years, so this is exciting. wotf010 I'll message the chairman of Fyrelite and Fyrecon, Victoria. I'll do my...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 244
Views: 22045

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

WULF, I foresee a time when the number of entries becomes voluminous and overwhelming, and the obvious solution would be to employ a SECOND READER. I can't think of anyone more qualified to fit the role of this task – you already critiqued many of your Forum Challenge Beasties; you've seen numerous...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215704

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

Yippee!! I'm in the Master Class!! (I did have trouble registering . . . took 4 attempts and the threat of magic spells . . . but well worth it.) ***Only three spots left! Maybe. It's been awhile since I asked, but StarReacher got in! Here's the details for the ONLINE class. Catch it before it fill...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215704

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

Yippee!! I'm in the Master Class!! (I did have trouble registering . . . took 4 attempts and the threat of magic spells . . . but well worth it.) Awesome, StarReacher! Welcome to Top Gun! This Master Class is going to be filled with the Wulf Pack, the Best of the Best! wotf013 I'm going to have to ...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2912
Views: 585042

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome aboard, Kelley! I also enjoyed your interview with Leah Ning. You have a nice blogger site! And congratulations on getting an HM on your first submission. Kevin J. Anderson once told me: "Getting an honorable mention in Writers of the Future really means something. They don't give those...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215704

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

Got it in with two hours to spare! Woot! There was more stuff I could have done and will likely have another chance to complete, but hey. It's in. It's a story influenced by one of Wolf's prompts and the WOTF workshop, so here's hoping. Glad the prompt helped you out, empressed! That's why I conduc...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2912
Views: 585042

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Thank you both for the welcome (and the tips)! I'll definitely be checking out the other topics in this forum, and I am very intrigued by the WotF online course. I have been working through a lecture series by Brandon Sanderson, but something specifically designed for this contest probably takes pr...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 814
Views: 257639

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

A personal rejection from Analog! "suggest you try us again" and "like your style of writing." (swoon) Analog and Asimov's are at the tippy-top of my most-wanted list. A sale would have been great but I'm on cloud nine this morning. That's a great personal, Chuck. It's a good da...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 244
Views: 22045

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

What HermoineLee said. As first reader, Kary is Dave's gatekeeper. Stories must pass her scrutiny, and she only sends him the good ones. If you get an HM, you know for certain you got past Kary by writing professional first pages. If you've ever read slush, you will know how rare that is to see. Get...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 244
Views: 22045

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Saw Dave make a post on FB that he's reading all your stories today to get results out ASAP. So he's still reading and deciding.
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215704

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

Dialogue Assignment part 2: Hecate gave the potion a final stir. “There! Come bring the vial, child!” “Oh! But which one? How big?” The child looked up at the shelf filled with shining glass, trying to spot the empty vials from among the filled ones. “That one! Next to the rat’s whiskers. It’s empt...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 9
Views: 291

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Vignette 250 words I, Fromner Starkan, vaticinator and loyal member of The Magical Servants of the Crown, am shocked. And standing with my brother in this dank cellar that is filled with an unearthly light, I am filled with a dark sense of foreboding; a feeling I know only too well. I know with the...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2912
Views: 585042

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome aboard, Marcus! (PenMark) Glad my Super Secrets lured you in! And I'm glad the one on writing smart dialogue helped you. And yes, many a good aspiring writer has been destroyed by college writing programs, alas. They focus on "what is literature" like you just said, instead of &quo...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 244
Views: 22045

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Feranox wrote:Awesome, thank you; waiting is particularly hard when you love the piece. Good luck, all.


The best cure for the anxiety is to write your next. wotf008
by Wulf Moon
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 229
Views: 9485

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Congrats to everyone that made deadline! I can't stress enough the benefits of getting a story in every quarter, come rain or shine...even if you have only one day to write it, and get it in minutes before midnight. I see you guys! Nice KYD work, Henckel! THIS IS WHAT WE TRAIN FOR! :) Massive reduct...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215704

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

I have to send out a personal salute to all those writers who always get in under the wire. You definitely have a B-type personality; life ebbs and flows around you. Your lives are probably Indiana Jones "grabs hat at the last moment" scenarios. Personally, I can NEVER do this. With Type ...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 229
Views: 9485

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Yeah, I'm getting the applications are closed message as well. I shot Joni an email... but should I have attached my story to that email or should I email it to her now to be safe? It's 1AM in Melbourne and I'm tired, but I have no idea what time the contest closes in my time so I always just try t...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215704

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

Thanks for the reminders, Ryland! Don’t miss your deadline to WotF today, all! I wrote 5,000 words to Moongirl on the last day of the quarter because I was determined to stick to my goals. You do whatever it takes to get your story in. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Back to meeting the deadline an ...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215704

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

Sure, Wulf, I'll give it a try. From The Screenwriter's Bible, Page 71, by David Trottier, "Other ways to create a little sympathy for your character is to give her a talent for what she does, and/or an endearing personal style in how she does it. Give her a moment alone to reveal her goodness...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215704

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

What SwiftPotato said, there will be a double gala next year for Volume 36 & 37 due to travel issues and COVID19 restrictions. Still going to be held in the Taglyan, which is an opulent ballroom, the best they've ever held the gala in. The workshop will be held in a conference room at the hotel ...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: WOTF Free Online Course
Replies: 5
Views: 734

Re: WOTF Free Online Course

Just finished this a week or so ago (I think, I'm losing track of time these days). I got a good story out of it and really took to the story idea process, so much so that stories keep popping into my head now (it could also be lockdown driving me mad and I'm actually just hearing voices). A lot of...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2912
Views: 585042

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome back, pdblake!
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3076
Views: 215704

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

Glad it helped, Retro. And yes, getting your readers to LIKE your protagonist right from the start is vital. They need to get emotionally invested in your hero, so that they will follow your hero on their journey and actually CARE about what happens to them. I was just telling other challenge beasti...

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