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by AjZach
Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

My answers to cover letter assignment: ASSIGNMENT: Read Alex Shvartsman’s excellent article on cover letters (I work for him as podcast director at Future Science Fiction Digest). Here’s the link: https://alexshvartsman.com/2016/05/09/h ... er-letter/ NEXT: Please answer the following. 1. How can a ...
by AjZach
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

This is super useful, RSchibler! Thanks for the post! I can definitely see a few things in here that I do (try/fail cycles too easy...*cough*). Saving this off for future reference. I'm still learning with the try/fail cycles myself. I was recently looking into some tips for this, and one thing tha...
by AjZach
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

ASSIGNMENT to go with Moon's SUPER SECRET #37 After reading "Never Let Go" in our workbook HOW I GOT PUBLISHED AND WHAT I LEARNED ALONG THE WAY, please answer the following: 1. Why are amateur writing contests an excellent way to break into publishing? There are no pro writers entering, w...
by AjZach
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Signed up for the newsletter. I've been using the submission grinder for a little while, but I haven't taken the time to really look through all the features until now! As for the latest assignment: 1. I think that having a certain set length for a story, even if it is shorter or longer than what yo...
by AjZach
Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

This came right at the same time that I was already looking for another place to send my HM. In terms of a list of top to bottom, I like to start with Fantasy & Science Fiction, because I find that they give the best feedback of what might be going wrong with a story with their tiered system. Af...
by AjZach
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

MY PERSONAL INTRODUCTION Hi, I'm Emily. I graduated University in 2014 with a degree in Psychology. I live in Canada. I have two horses and have been riding since I was 10. I've also taken flute and piano lessons. As for writing, I am relatively new. My first entry to WOTF was Q2 of V36. I've entere...
by AjZach
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

1. We are competing against ourselves in publishing. I mean this is a contest, and only so many people can win in a quarter, but we are each learning and growing in our writing and our time will come. So really you have to compete with yourself to push yourself along in the journey. You are competin...
by AjZach
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Month of Writing Exercises
Replies: 9
Views: 176

Re: A Month of Writing Exercises

Thanks for putting this together! I'll try to do as much of this as I can
by AjZach
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

I don't know if I have anything to add on what a denouement is, I feel like we have a handle on that. As for an example of a denouement, I'll use Pride and Prejudice. Spoilers are here, although with a 200 year old book, I imagine everyone has some idea of the story. wotf001 Everyone is married, all...
by AjZach
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Thanks for that SwiftPotato!

Also, I think I will do the monthly flash challenge, so mark me down on the list please!
by AjZach
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Comments on "Tricks, No Treats." Vol. 37 Challenge submission requirements by AJZach. Wow, you guys are doing well! The 250 told the identical story with half the words of the 500, and I didn't miss a thing! Normally, the 250 feels flat because it doesn't have the same development. Not th...
by AjZach
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

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

I'm in. I might have to wait a bit for my book to get here. Enjoying reading all of these exercises so far! Here is my 500 titled "Tricks, No Treats" 495 words. Aaron ran after the group, trailing behind with his bag of candy. Kevin, his big brother was ahead, with his friends. He hated Ke...
by AjZach
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

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

Thanks for the challenge Wulf Moon! I completed 4 fresh stories in four quarters. What I took from these tips primarily, and what I'm still trying to implement, is outline, at least to make sure I have the 7 point plot model in place before I start writing, rather than trying to make sure they are t...
by AjZach
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 22003

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I had always heard that Honorable mentions were 10% of entries. If that is true of 2000 entries (although there is surely many more) we are looking at 200 honorable mentions. The official results from last quarter seemed to confirm this. If Dave says the number is 5%, it is still 100 honorable menti...
by AjZach
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

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

What I found meaningful is the concept of not thinking. Some other advice really pushes to have a complete story from draft one. And while I believe that your writing does get better with time, ideas will be more complete and grammar will be better, I prefer to write down as much as I can, and not w...
by AjZach
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

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

Submitted to Q3 with a fresh story
by AjZach
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

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

Green Dreams 497 Words The witch house was a curiosity of the neighbourhood children. Julia felt a special affinity to the burnt crumbling walls. The children would go in the evenings and climb through the hole cut in the fence. They would wade their way through the yard overgrown with fern and goo...
by AjZach
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

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

Green Dreams 694 Words The witch house was a curiosity of the neighbourhood children. Julia felt a special affinity to the burnt crumbling walls, and the glimpses of furniture and decay available through the cracked glass of the windows. The children would go in the evenings, when their parents wer...
by AjZach
Thu May 02, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

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

Thanks for the advice. I wrote it in first person, that's probably the way it's meant to stay, for good or bad.
by AjZach
Thu May 02, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

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

I'm working on my Q3 right now, and I'm a bit discouraged because it is in first person, which has been revealed as a discouraged style for the contest. I feel that it adds to the story, but I don't want to hurt my chances further by using a style that the judges really don't like. I have read other...
by AjZach
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

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

I am also in with a fresh story.
by AjZach
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

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

I think my Q2 is done. I guess. I really need to stop picking at it. I've gone back through all of Wulf's tips, and tried to make sure it is checking all the boxes.
by AjZach
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1616
Views: 47670

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

I'm new to the forums, but I would like to join!
I did three fresh stories this year, my first entries. I am working on a new one for quarter 1.

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