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by TimE
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 80
Views: 2032

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I'm working on the next quarter's story and could use some fresh eyes. It's hovering around 2500, which is a different problem than my norm. I tend to go WAAAY over. I started this with a Wulf Moon KYD and it's like the thing needs a shot of growth hormone. Does anyone have time? 2500 shouldn't tak...
by TimE
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Looking for a critique/feedback
Replies: 4
Views: 63

Re: Looking for a critique/feedback

Hi everyone! My short story that I'm considering for Q4 finally finished making its rounds in my writer's group, and I would like another pair of eyes on it, if anyone would be so willing. Any kind of feedback would be welcome. I wrote it based of a random prompt challenge and I'm really proud of w...
by TimE
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 80
Views: 2032

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I liked Steering the Craft - thanks for the reminder - I should go and revisit some of it! My response was meant to be to both of you. Couldn't see how to quote more than one. Having just read DF's Million Dollar Outlines and as I avidly follow his tips, I imagine KDJ's recommendation for DF's Ench...
by TimE
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 80
Views: 2032

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Can anyone recommend resources for upskilling my line-by-line prose? Any thought or strategies you’d like to share that have helped you? Have you read Ursula K. Le Guin's - Steering The Craft...? It might help. Just contemplating buying it myself. The opening chapter - The Sound of Your Writing - l...
by TimE
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4238
Views: 1016533

Re: Success!

Twenty-five minutes to produce something publishable - Blimey! Well done.
by TimE
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 29
Views: 4567

Re: Dialogue Tips

So - no one is going to help that 13 yr old girl, just because she's a bot?

I guess the nature of help might change a little. Not sure how you tell a bot when writing 'rules' can be bent.
by TimE
Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 29
Views: 4567

Re: Dialogue Tips

Recently my daughter(she is 13y.o.)said to me that she wants to be a writer and asked me for some recommendations. But I don't know what to advise her. Maybe someone has any thoughts? I'd hoped you would get more replies to this. I suggest you look out for competitions aimed at youngsters. In the U...
by TimE
Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Alien Languages
Replies: 7
Views: 144

Re: Alien Languages

Bullshit and gobbledegook - best way to pull the wool over people's eyes.
by TimE
Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Alien Languages
Replies: 7
Views: 144

Re: Alien Languages

I had langa-weasels who could read the Broca’s area and angular gyrus and equivalents in brains of any creatures and thereby learn languages. They were bred to be interpreters and dependant on their owners and they couldn't be trusted. It was part of my one attempt at humour and only got HM.
by TimE
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 80
Views: 2032

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I've got a 6 pack.

(In the fridge waiting to be drunk.)
by TimE
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 80
Views: 2032

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Dustin Adams wrote:Looking for 1 or 2 Alpha readers.


Does that make me an alpha male?
by TimE
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 80
Views: 2032

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Dustin Adams wrote:Looking for 1 or 2 Alpha readers. Grammar should be good, commas, are all over the place, but does the story work? 4400 words. I can return an under 10k swap after Aug 5th. wotf009


I'll take a look if you like. You should have my email address.
by TimE
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4238
Views: 1016533

Re: Success!

Congratulations, Bartleby. And I agree that those little measures of success and improvement in the form of WotF awards are great encouragement.
Well done.
by TimE
Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to fix a short short story?
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: How to fix a short short story?

Are any parts confusing at all and need a little more explanation? As per Dave's tips on character arcs - do you have The Lie, The Wound, New Action, Wants and Needs covered. Do you have a theme? Does it need more work? Is the setting well described, does it play a part in the story? Do you have eno...
by TimE
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4238
Views: 1016533

Re: Success!

Third pro sale sounds good. Have you stopped telling people you're a writer and now say a professional writer?
Well done.
by TimE
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: RULES for critiques
Replies: 19
Views: 11302

Re: RULES for critiques

Someone I crit recently had posted her email as per the rules. First thing I said in my response was to delete her email, which she did.
You seem to agree that Rule 2 should be changed.
by TimE
Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: RULES for critiques
Replies: 19
Views: 11302

Re: RULES for critiques

1. You cannot mention anything of the story you need critiqued if it is an entry or potential entry for the Writers of the Future Contest. 2. You must, basically, initiate a call for critiquers to look at your story via a post with your e-mail and any other contact information they want to share. 3...
by TimE
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 534
Views: 30935

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

BrandieJ wrote:Hey guys. I don't post a lot here, rather keeping to the shadows. But I found out I'm a finalist for this quarter. I am so excited and so nervous. And then excited again.


Well done. Fingers crossed for you.
by TimE
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 534
Views: 30935

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

empressed wrote:HM for me as well.


If yours is the one I read, I really rated it. Shows what I know!
by TimE
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Looking for feedback!
Replies: 6
Views: 183

Re: Looking for feedback!

Ania wrote:Thank you!! I'm sorry for not mentioning it earlier, but please be prepared, the story is 10,000 words long...


Not a problem
by TimE
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Looking for feedback!
Replies: 6
Views: 183

Re: Looking for feedback!

I'll take a look Ania, PM me.
by TimE
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 534
Views: 30935

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Congrats to everyone that got HM and above - and for those that got an R, I say don't feel so bad and keep writing. I thought some of my early R's were better than my HM's but it took me a while to work out what WotF are looking for. Haven't seen the result for one story I crit for this quarter that...
by TimE
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4238
Views: 1016533

Re: Success!

Well done, Milo. And from an HM - that's interesting.
by TimE
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Need a fresh set of eyes
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Re: Need a fresh set of eyes

I'll take a look if you wish. PM me.
by TimE
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 824
Views: 262619

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. Seems odd to congratulate someone on a rejecti...
by TimE
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 80
Views: 2032

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

nreavis wrote:I actually just cranked out a story over the past few days that I liked much better than one I started at the top of June, it's going through my writing group now, and I'm hoping to get it turned in soon :)


It's good when you write a story and it feels right. Good luck.
by TimE
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 80
Views: 2032

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I'm in. So I can stop editing and write something new.
by TimE
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 243
Views: 13481

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

[quote="somereason" I have a story I've been working on for this quarter but it doesn't feel ready. On the other hand, I have a story that got a silver honorable mention a few quarters ago that I polished up and I'm tempted to resubmit, but I've turned that story into a novel, and the shor...
by TimE
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 42
Views: 5858

Re: How do you write eloquently?

Mark Forsyth's book - The Elements of Eloquence is entertainingly written as well as educational. Which reminds me, I had been following his lessons on English Verse - must get back to them.
by TimE
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 243
Views: 13481

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I just finished my revising my own Q3, a long and ardous process of finally agreeing that some of my critiquers may have been right. I still kept the main story though, don't know if it's any good. If anyone is interested in giving me a bit of feedback before I send it in it would be greatly apprec...

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