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by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 451095

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

On page 2, the story also mentions other cultures such as the Archalons and the Cycanthlopans. The Archalons are another sect which spreads their version of worship. So they are the competition and their teachings cause problems for Muzik later on in the story. The Cycanthlopians enjoy and make mus...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 451095

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

SPOILER ALERT: This is the conclusion to the assignment in SUPER SECRET #46: The Three-Act Structure. I sent workshop members on an Easter egg hunt to find all the hidden Super Secrets in my novelette “Muzik Man.” If you’d like to get the most from this exercise and don’t want the story spoiled--es...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 451095

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

[This is part of Super Secret #46: The Three-Act Structure exercise, We used it to analyze use of the Super Secrets hidden in Wulf Moon's novelette "Muzik Man" in DEEP MAGIC, Fall 2020 . And now, back to our story.] In the Top Gun classroom, Jester kills the combat footage and flicks on th...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Fyrecon Master Class & Online Con Scholarships
Replies: 15
Views: 1131

Re: Fyrecon Master Class & Online Con Scholarships

Want to get the latest contest tips straight from the horse's mouth? Couldn't make it to Fyrecon this year (even though it was virtual)? That's okay, we've got you covered! The Writers of the Future panel was recorded! Mine some pure contest gold! https://www.facebook.com/fyrecon/videos/793347304562...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 335
Views: 22885

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Alicia, thanks for sharing your results and the value of Superstars. It was wonderful to see you and many others from the Forum make it to that powerful writing conference, with, and without scholarships. I am happy the writing ring I set up for you guys continues on. You are a power group! One ring...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 62
Views: 4435

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Thanks for the feedback, Reuben! So. Much. To. Learn. This exercise example is fun, fast, and furious, Pezel. You've gotten good constructive comments from EagerInk and Reuben (great meeting you at Fyrecon and in my master class, EagerInk!). Once you tag in your first line through a speaker attribu...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3010
Views: 673915

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello! My pen name's R.J. El. Virgo sun/Scorpio ascendant/Aries moon/ENTJ I'm a high school student who loves to combine mythological elements with those of the modern occult, and I'm stoked to be a part of this competition. This is my first time participating in any writer's contests, and hopefull...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 42
Views: 2913

Re: Goals four V.38!

Pezel wrote:Here is my oath to submit a fresh story each quarter of V38. (Places butter knife to palm. Applies pressure. Decides blood oath is optional.)


Great goal, Pezel. Make it so! wotf009
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 62
Views: 4435

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

The above does ping-pong dialogue nicely, Don. The problem creates energy, and you don’t bog it down with speaker attributions. That’s because it’s always evident who is speaking. When it’s obvious, tags are superfluous. Just say no ... to unnecessary tags. Good job. To any reading, this is an excer...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 62
Views: 4435

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Thank you, Eager. Thank you Wulf. I followed the links to read the exercises in the Super Secrets thread. I really like the Lincoln Lawyer (and Bosch series by Michael Connelly and am running through The Fifth Witness (on Audible) to listen to the dialogue. This is an area I definitely need improve...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 62
Views: 4435

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Interesting exercise. Good and useful critiques in this thread. I'll give it a go. A bit of dialogue from a short story I'm working on- “I lost my beautiful egg,” Thom moaned, brushing at the yoke running down his birthday coat. “Who are you and why, of all things, did you crack an egg over my head...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 451095

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

Great work on the assignment so far! We are still awaiting a few more, due in by end of day this Tuesday. For any onlurkers, we are reviewing the Super Secrets through analysis of “Muzik Man” in Deep Magic, Fall 2020. If you don’t want the story spoiled for you, please read it first before reading t...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 335
Views: 22885

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

So, Henkel said grats, but didn't offer his final placement... I believe there's a girl in glasses we're also waiting to hear from... Sorry, I'm still getting over my emotional blow. I didnt win. I'm finalist. Nothing more Christopher, it’s not “nothing more.” It’s everything! You just got validati...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 335
Views: 22885

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Commiserations but mostly congratulations to our Q4 finalists here (mentioned in the Super Secrets thread, Dustin). It must be hard to get so close, but it proves you've got what it takes to win. wotf008 I just realised from my signature that I received four Rs before my first HM and four HMs befor...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3010
Views: 673915

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi All, I don't have a critique group or any contact with other writers, so this is a good place to start - so many passionate people writing in the genres I love! Dom Welcome aboard, Dom! This is the best place to start! Everyone here is working at improving their craft and supporting one another....
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3010
Views: 673915

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, Pezel! If you got 2 HMs in the past, you can do it again! It's just like riding a bicycle, you get back on and it all comes back to you.

Enjoy the support and knowledge shared. There is much here to help you on your quest.

Cheers!

Wulf Moon
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by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 451095

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

So, I just got the call back from Joni. Unfortunately, I didn't win. But you know what, I'm okay with that because (1) I'm pretty darn happy to have made Finalist and (2) I'm going to nail it next quarter. ..feeling determined... wotf011 Top 8 in the world. It's disappointing not to get the ultimat...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 335
Views: 22885

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

A belated congrats to all for the incredible showings here. So many HM, Silvers, Semi's and Finalists. And of course, "R" is for "Righteous as these are the subs that take the greatest courage of all. Go Forumites, go! (I am pleased to report I was one of the Finalists this quarter, ...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Fyrecon Master Class & Online Con Scholarships
Replies: 15
Views: 1131

Re: Fyrecon Master Class & Online Con Scholarships

Fyrecon Online Convention starts tomorrow, Nov. 12, 2020 and goes through Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Lots of great panels and classes, and we'll be doing a panel with Joni and Dave on Writers of the Future! Got questions? Get answers from the horse's mouth! I'm doing a special gift to our Forumites to...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 62
Views: 4435

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

BTW, Dave's latest newsletter is on openings. Show's you how important it is. He explains both why he stops, and why he will read on. My favorite line was this: "But the single most effective way to promise a powerful experience is to write an opening that in itself creates an emotional impact....
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 62
Views: 4435

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

This topic has been silent for a while. Just wanted to mention a solid podcast that encapsulates Wulf's recent post, plus adds some really interesting stuff about the Hollywood formula: https://writingexcuses.com/2011/10/02/writing-excuses-6-18-hollywood-formula/ Thanks, I'll check it out. And I wo...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 451095

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

You know your Super Secrets, GlibWizard! You weren't kidding when you said you studied the Super Secrets to help you make Finalist in Vol. 37, Q3! This is a masterful review, and shows you understand story structure and craft. I especially enjoyed your hyperlinks, something you thought up on your ow...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 451095

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

SUPER SECRET #46: The Three-Act Structure Copyright 2020 by Wulf Moon. All Rights Reserved. Aristotle. We know him as a famous Greek philosopher, but just like us, he enjoyed a good flick. In fact, you can discern from his writings that he did his good share of binge watching. If Aristotle got GoT,...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 335
Views: 22885

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Reposting my commendation on Volume 37 Q4 results because WotF made a nice comment on it. Read down to the bottom to see it. May it inspire if you've been at this awhile. I was at it for twenty-five years; I know how it can feel at times. Cheers! THIS IS THE GREATEST SET OF RESULTS I'VE EVER SEEN IN...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 335
Views: 22885

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

RabenWrites wrote: Any other advice as to how best polish a story that's already on the edge of one's skill set? Silver is great and shouldn't take much. You may want to read through with certain aspects of writing in mind. Sensory pass: In each scene - pick from the five (or six, etc.) senses that...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3596
Views: 451095

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

THE SUPER SECRETS PHENOMENON This Super Secrets Workshop has done the miraculous. We have around twenty active members. That's a writing group. I’ve been in some famous writing groups. One was this same size, and every member that qualified entered WotF. We might get a winner every three to five ye...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 335
Views: 22885

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Just look at all of these Silver HMs this Q! I count thirteen! This is normally top 50ish in the world. This quarter had so many great stories, it will probably mean top 100 in the world, and it is absolutely FANTASTIC to see so many in one group. Here's the ones I counted: Eagerink I was just a re...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3010
Views: 673915

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome aboard, Myra! Glad you found us! All that writing counts! That's hundreds of thousands of words over twelve years. Nice! No wonder you got an HM for your first try. HM means you wrote a good story that got sent to Dave by the first reader. He gave you an HM because your writing shows promise...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 335
Views: 22885

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Okay, I think all results are in now that we can talk about, so let me say this... THIS IS THE GREATEST SET OF RESULTS I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY MANY YEARS IN THE FORUM! CONGRATULATIONS, FORUMITES!!! First, if you didn't place this Q and see all these wonderful results, don't feel bad. The Forum scoops u...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 335
Views: 22885

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I feel like this 4th quarter had a lack of entrants or something. The judging was quick, and I submitted a previous HM that I did a slight edit on and got me this SHM. Any thought? I heard from Joni that they judge Q4 quickly because they are on deadline for getting the anthology into print. After ...

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