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by Wulf Moon
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Two things happened to me yesterday. 1. My fantasy alt-history story, "War Dog," in the TERRA! TARA! TERROR! anthology published by Third Flatiron Publishing? It won FIRST PLACE in the Annual Critters' Readers' Poll for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story in 2018! I know some here...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Moon's SUPER SECRET #17: Know thy judge! Oy! I remember when I first found out about the tips. AND THEY'RE FREE! I'm finding as I look on other websites/ezines/etc they have links to similar tips. And, as always, most encourage reading previous winners/story publications from their venue. So I've s...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT
Replies: 13
Views: 279

Re: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT

Surreal moment, eh, Preston? I'm not sleeping much these days...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

The lost secret. The into the ether secret. The @#%^$^&&*+ secret that blipped off my tablet. Now, you get the Cliff Notes. Moon's SUPER SECRET #17: Know thy judge! "Get ready to meet your maker!" What? An editor or judge isn't my Maker, thank you very much! Go back. Lower case, bu...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Since I'm going to talk about winning Writers of the Future after entering for twenty-five years--and John Goodwin from Author Services set this up--I'm sharing my social media post and link to the live show here. If you miss it, it will be archived. Also, I sent Chatting With Sherri my bio five day...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

SCAFontaine and Rebecca, you are most welcome! When somebody boils down what they've spent a couple decades mastering for you in a simple book, it's worth reading. Learning tips from experts can cut years off a new writer's learning curve. I hope it helps you get the win! It WILL help anyone become ...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

It's time for another SUPER SECRET. Unfortunately, I don't feel like retyping the one that vanished into the ether. So here is a quick one, and it's one of the greatest advance-your-writing-tips you will ever employ. Runs his fingertips over the temple's ancient bas-relief. "Aziz, light!" ...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Well said, Jon. As for Pratchett, the word *genius* is thrown around lightly these days. That man actually deserved the title. He was a comic genius in literature. And I've only read one other author that could spin new plays on words like he could--Shakespeare. His plays on words are THAT good. Som...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2540
Views: 466372

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Aidanka, Welcome again if I missed you! Sounds like you are moving right along in your writing and career in journalism. Well done! Private message me and I'll be happy to give you my social media, but I'm only on Facebook. It's easy to find and send a request. I should mention that's open to all he...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Humor typically has to get in and out quick to be funny (unless you're Terry Pratchett). The thing with Pratchett is, if you took out all the humour, it'd still be good. Not all humour writers do that, including a good many pretty successful ones. I think that's why it never feels like it overstaye...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

My winning story was 3400 words (3500 after edits.) David recommended a little more description of setting and character. I totally agree with Moon. Story determines length. Always write as tight as you can. Review each sentence. Can you say what you want in less words? Then do it! Thanks, Preston!...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Assume nothing, and you'll always be safe. wotf001 Haha, thanks. Do you have an opinion on word count? Which word count pairs best with a rich title and robust intro? There's gotta be a word count range the judges have a bias towards. Here I go with assumptions again. First, there would have been a...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

OldDarth wrote:Thanks for the link Wulf.

I also found at copy to borrow online here - https://openlibrary.org/works/OL2454678 ... _the_point


Wonderful! Line up for it, gang. Brevity is the soul of wit, and that little book nails it!
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 38
Views: 1710

Re: Contest Questions

Are simultaneous submissions allowed by Writers of the Future? That is, can you submit the same story to the contest and to another publication? The contest rules page does not specifically say anything about simultaneous submissions. I second DisgruntledPeony. For all kinds of reasons. What if an ...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 25
Views: 372

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Everyone should sign up for Dave's Tips. I think he knows more about story than anyone living today. Plus, he's the coordinating judge--you can't win if you don't make Dave happy. He talks about how he won so many contests by studying the judges. Word to the wise. : )
by Wulf Moon
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

As for try/fail cycles, yes, that's coming. As in many things in life, there is a Rule of Three here as well. But you can jump ahead by getting his book. WRITING TO THE POINT. While here, I might mention Critters Readers' Poll is going on until Jan 14 for favorite stories of 2018. I might also ment...
by Wulf Moon
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Just a thought on HMs. An HM means a story for sure had a good opening two pages, and most likely, a good ending page as well. If you've read slush, you know what I'm talking about. It doesn't necessarily mean it was read through and through. An editor (or judge) will only read until they get throw...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Thanks for all these great tips Wulf. Wondering if you could answer this question. And I apologize in advance if you planned this as an upcoming topic. Farland talks about try/fail cycles and that in a novel your protagonist should go through three attempts before succeeding. Does this rule apply t...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Time for another, one of the last still focusing on the first two pages: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! #15: Open your short story with 1. A CHARACTER, 2. in a SETTING, 3. with a PROBLEM. The best writing classes I've taken to date are Dean Wesley Smith and Kris Rusch's class: THE SEVEN POINT ...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2540
Views: 466372

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

I dunno. I just resized the image to make sure it fit the parameters and it worked first time through. Welcome to the Forum Daniel. I lived in Manitou and Colorado Springs when I was stationed at Ft. Carson. Wulf got my attention when he mentioned the Superstars Writing Seminar. If there's any way ...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Just an update: I think 20 have accepted my SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge--writing and submitting four FRESH stories to volume 36 (or three for the 3/4 challenge). Well done! Some of you have yet to check in that you met the first Q. Please PM Brittany so she can update the list, and then she'll brin...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Send it out to other pro markets. And write a new, fresh story. WRITE, MONKIES, WRITE! ~Beastmaster Moon~ I've been doing this regularly with my stories since my first HM. It takes the pressure of the contest results, especially now that I'm up to about eight stories cycling through slush, and enco...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 25
Views: 372

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

This quarter's entry might be my easiest one yet. I had a story around ninety percent finished for Q1 when another idea took center stage. Of course, if another story appears I will write something new. Finish the 90 percenter, write another, and pick your best! You have time! Push your limits, don...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2540
Views: 466372

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, Daniel. You'll find lots of helpful information here. Do post to the quarter you enter, and for extra help, sign up for the 4 in 36 challenge, or if you're feeling brave, the I have one going you might still squeeze into as well! You know about Superstars Writing Seminar in February in your...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Plus, as an active commenting member, you're in the running for a critique on that one this Q. Sold. I should let it breathe in any case, see if there's something time picks up to improve it, haha. Oh, time, you wonderfully frustrating thing, you. Think about this, Anike. Write your next. Then you ...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 89
Views: 2338

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Just in time to watch the ball drop and drink champagne. I'm in, also barely under the wire, and also with a last minute, ditch effort, three-day story (Yikes!) I blame you Wulf for making me enter, and with a new story. Which I might still be grumpy about... wotf001 Good luck all, and Happy New Ye...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Send it out to other pro markets. And write a new, fresh story. WRITE, MONKIES, WRITE! ~Beastmaster Moon~ I've been doing this regularly with my stories since my first HM. It takes the pressure of the contest results, especially now that I'm up to about eight stories cycling through slush, and enco...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Dancing conga rats to all that got their stories in! This is the first year I can remember when I wasn't working until just before midnight to get a submission in. It's the hardest Q to enter because so much is always going on this time of year, and that means it's hard for everyone, so less contend...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I'm saying congrats to all who subbed because, like RSchibler said, it's a win in and of itself. Nice going, Time! I'm with you there, almost ready to send it off for Q2. Haven't even thought of what to write for Q3 yet. Need to figure that out soon. And happy new year's! Anike! Please don't send y...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 185
Views: 2447

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Have the tips helped you? Yes they have. Thanks for all your help and support. I don't know your age but it seems like you may be a future judge for the contest. wotf015 You do have a very helpful attitude. That being said, I'm in. I just sent my submission into the contest. Thanks, Storysinger! Gl...

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