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by Wulf Moon
Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

Thanks for the extra tips, Moon. I shared them with the Super Secrets private Pack Chat. In addition to the great motivation you give us here, we’ve been sharing stories and motivating each other a lot so I hope someone gets a win! Thank you for doing that, Ryland. Glad you guys are running as a pa...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 37
Views: 1382

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Here's my attempt at the previous exercise, writing your own first three paragraphs: "Electric desert" Eugenia was sailing alone through the sea of ghosts. No one could have predicted such a turn of events--not her husband or kids, certainly not the island's Mothers. Reaching above her he...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

You're welcome, Crystal! As a bonus to all of you that joined Ryland's Super Secret private group, I've got some critical information he's going to share with you (waiting for you on the Super Secret master class Discord board, Ryland). Get that info as fast as you can from him! Did I mention it's I...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 263
Views: 20892

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I got to ask Dave how Q3 is coming along. He said he just got the culled stack. He also said if he reads for twelve hours a day for ten days he can complete his reading and judging. He mentioned maybe end of September. That sounds optimistic to me, but I thought I'd pass it along to those of you twi...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 131
Views: 6849

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I am ready to put Super Secret #16 into action. I did not do so last quarter and missed POV errors and paragraphing errors. Here's to my invisible audience! I also plan to print it out into book form to make sure it looks good. Super Secret #19 Thanks again Wulf Moon for helping us learn to be SUCC...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!
Replies: 1
Views: 65

DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!

Leah Ning, winner in WotF Volume 36, posted in Super Secrets that she will be Zoom interviewed along with David Farland and other Contest winners. I'm posting it under its own subject so you don't miss out. Winners talk about how they won. Dave talks about what he is looking for right now. These are...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

Hey beasties - there's an online event happening tomorrow (Sept. 18) at 5pm Mountain Time if you're interested in joining! Myself, Storm Humbert, Daniel Bitton, and Dave Farland will be chatting together with The Book Bungalow on some WotF stuff. And uh, I gotta tell you, I am VERY frightened to be...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

I’m late on stage 5, but here we go. I chose an opening line from a book and an author you may not have heard of. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” It’s a simple line, and the following sentences build off it like steps leading us into the wondrous land ...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 131
Views: 6849

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Hear ye’, hear ye’! The end is coming! The end is coming! The end of the Contest year is only two weeks away! Save yourselves! Two weeks is plenty of time to prepare for the end. Get those stories written and sent in! The end of Volume 37 is coming!
by Wulf Moon
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 37
Views: 1382

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Thanks, both! Ania, you got it spot on! This takes place in the same world as my current quarter's story, and yes, saving the child is forbidden because the damage it might cause. It's toddling toward the ocean and will soon drown. I deliberated a lot about whether to put in "sea" or &quo...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

And here's CCrawford's excercise result on the Opening Line: Kasha blinked against the glare of stagelights as the curtain swept open to a packed house—only one lullaby remained in the locket tucked beneath the neckline of her gown; she had to make it count. This certainly flows, Crystal. Your first...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

Grats on the sale Wulf! :) Reporting in that I've sent two new baby Krakens out this quarter to other markets. A third that I decided to hold back as a result of honest crit from the pack on discord (determined only to submit my best work to markets). Working on a fantasy for Q4. Sorry that I have ...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 37
Views: 1382

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Wow. Lot's here. Cool, glad so many are working with these in addition to the Super Secrets' beasties! You've found and created some excellent examples of SET. YOUR. STAGE. in one line! More! More! These are great! If you master this, you can hook your reader on their first nibble. One bite, and the...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

I am happy to announce your Beastmaster has sold an SF novelette to DEEP MAGIC Magazine, which will appear shortly in the Fall 2020 Issue. That’s great news and an awesome achievement! I also appreciate your context re competition in these pro magazines. Personally, I find it motivating. Thanks for...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

RSchibler, Becky, offers us The Trade, by C. Winspear "It was the best view humanity had to offer, but I still felt unfulfilled." Since it's a fellow winner of WotF, I will say it must have worked, or it wouldn't have won. :) Thanks for hunting this up for us. And we have Becky's example o...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

AJ Zach gives us The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. "The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on Christmas Eve in an old house, a strange tale should essentially be, I remember no comment uttered till somebody hap...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

My apologies to StarReacher. I accidentally hit my edit feature to her post (a moderator function) instead of my quote feature. They are on the same line on my controls. Forgive me, StarReacher. Repost if you wish. I did include the salient points from your post in mine. Again, my apologies.
by Wulf Moon
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

Before I forget, I share Candice Lisle's line. She follows along with all of you, doing every exercise, posting them to me faithfully. It's nice and clean, and a great one for a YA opening: Toby could not sleep from wondering if the hints he had given his parents all year long would culminate in the...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

Ryland: I like your sample of an opening line that fits our exercise. It has many elements necessary in an opening, and deploys them with finesse, even ending with an interesting hook: "...one should consider the role of intoxication in its initial conception." The only thing I didn't like...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2967
Views: 621151

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi Everyone! My name is Phil Hall and I'm a ship designer from the Virginia Beach area. I think I've submitted to WOTF four times (I lost count), with two honorable mentions. I've published a few stories online. After taking the online seminar, I've come up with a few stories I hope will do well in...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

I am happy to announce your Beastmaster has sold an SF novelette to DEEP MAGIC Magazine, which will appear shortly in the Fall 2020 Issue. "Muzik Man" is the story of an android minstrel missionary, sent to save a tone-deaf world. This time, he won't screw up! Full of heart, with all the ...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

Retro offers up our first maiden for ritual sacrifice! Okay, sorry, Retro, but I did say find me examples that exemplify setting the stage in ONE line. So on the published story part of the exercise, YOU'RE OUT! :) So let's look at your own shot at this: Hoisting his baby sister Agatha up the steep ...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 37
Views: 1382

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Hello everyone, I would like to help revive this thread if that's okay. The super secrets thread is in the middle of a phase exercise right now so I'm not going to jump into that, but since there is one about dialogue posted here I decided to go ahead and do it. “The light’s red, the light’s red--”...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 37
Views: 1382

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Ok, this was an idea I noodled with a while back. This doesn't work as well as what I have in the full length story, but I still enjoyed playing. LOL "I didn't mean to do that," Evie said, watching the last unicorn bleed out while Lucky circled overhead on leathery wings. "Niiiccce. ...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 37
Views: 1382

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Thanks Wulf. Seems like I totally missed the whole point of the exercise. Strike out : ( No need to critique this also, but just to stay in the game I'm putting this revised edition here. Thanks so much again. A cruel light causes shadows to dance across the walls. “My God, is that…?” I look over a...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

Quick answer to all our various Ink colors and Ink emotions, lurking in the shadows. :) We love you. Please take advantage of everything we are doing. As has already been mentioned, enrollment occurs at the beginning of the contest year for a couple of weeks, open call, and then I close it to keep t...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

I just wrote a long response about workshop membership, including thoughts on Year Three, and it blipped out. Grrrr. I have no more time to redo it. Well, I can give you this, PHASE FIVE of the SET. YOUR. STAGE. Super Secret Exercise: You just wrote three paragraphs to create a solid opening to a st...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2967
Views: 621151

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome aboard, Chezwise!

Sounds like you are back to reaching for that Pulitzer level dream you had as a teen. But first, win Writers of the Future, it can only help. :)

Enjoy our friendly Forum and adding to the Collective. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

Wulf Moon
Forum Moderator
by Wulf Moon
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

Thanks, Retro! I'm glad you stepped up to the plate. Although, I must admit the plate is overflowing, mashed potatoes and gravy sloshing over the sides and splatting on the floor. Three paragraphs for this exercise. You must have missed the memo, but we'll take the extra helpings. :) So let's look a...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3354
Views: 304131

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

No brave soul is going to post their Phase 4 to this assignment? You have one more day if you’d like to share, but please be sure to do the assignment, regardless. We are in the culmination of one year of challenges, and assignments have been personally designed to help you sharpen your edge, based ...

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