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by Andy Dibble
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Get Your Facts Right!
Replies: 4
Views: 565

Re: Get Your Facts Right!

Thanks, Andy! Congrats on your win! I liked your story very much after I read it. The title really piqued my curiosity. I hope this isn’t an offensive question, but how did you win an HM after your penultimate entry won? Thanks! Not an offensive question. I submitted for 36.2 before I heard back ab...
by Andy Dibble
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4175
Views: 951964

Re: Success!

Congrats Jasmine and Will!
by Andy Dibble
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Quick Crits: Q2 V.37 (March 31, 2020)
Replies: 20
Views: 442

Re: Quick Crits: Q2 V.37 (March 31, 2020)

I have a 9k piece that I'm debating submitting. Would love a second pair of eyes, if I could send it over to anyone? Offering the same as the others, any last minute crits needed, feel free to send over! I'll take the 9k piece. I can turn it around by end of day tomorrow if you get it to me by PM t...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 163
Views: 6318

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

If anyone want me to review their piece, PM me. I can turn around within a few days. I might ask that you give me feedback on the first few scenes of a piece I've been struggling with.
by Andy Dibble
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Volume 36 Workshop and Gala Postponed
Replies: 11
Views: 528

Re: Volume 36 Workshop and Gala Postponed

To help support you all, maybe we can all help campaign to get v36 out to everyone stuck home needing something to read!!! :) No better gift for a writer than building that readership. I know I'm going to gift some copies. wotf010 --Tracy (aka WriterGirl) Thanks! And I'll second what SwiftPotato sa...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4175
Views: 951964

Re: Success!

Got so caught up in real life stuff that I forgot to post about this on February 29th! My second pro published short story, 'Scars of Sentiment,' is now for sale in the U.S. https://www.amazon.com/dp/178755693X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_GxAAEbACJ5V9H Nice! Something for me to read once I beat down my st...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Stories where the inner journey is primary and outer journey is secondary
Replies: 6
Views: 732

Re: Stories where the inner journey is primary and outer journey is secondary

My two cents is that for a WotF story has to have an outer journey with almost no exceptions. A purely introspective story isn't going to do very well unless it is truly outstanding in other ways. The ideal story will of course have an inner journey/character arc as well, but that should be intimate...
by Andy Dibble
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Get Your Facts Right!
Replies: 4
Views: 565

Get Your Facts Right!

There are some recurrent factual and conceptual errors I see in both published and unpublished speculative fiction. I figured I would call out the ones I've seen at least a few times, others could call out the ones they've seen, and then everyone that reads this thread can avoid looking foolish. Or ...
by Andy Dibble
Sat Mar 07, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Do the judges have a preferred style?
Replies: 11
Views: 807

Re: Do the judges have a preferred style?

I'll add to what Dustin said: I've heard it said many times that this contest values originality the most. Dave also said in the intro to one or more of the anthologies that he wants stories of general human interest. If your story is only original because of how it deals with an esoteric topic, and...
by Andy Dibble
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: The Roller-Coaster Ride of Writing
Replies: 3
Views: 438

Re: The Roller-Coaster Ride of Writing

For me, it's not really a cycle. the curve is more like the Hype Cycle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hype_cycle At least when the writing is going well. On bad days, I skip to the trough and sometimes quit before I feel better about my writing. Most any writing day has something that is worth salva...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4175
Views: 951964

Re: Success!

LibrarianBarbarian wrote:I just heard from the Editor in Chief of the indie press publishing my upcoming Western novelette that the anthology will be coming out this October!


Congrats! Make sure you share it with us when it's out / out for pre-order!
by Andy Dibble
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Do you need three try/fail cycles if you're also making your character make a big sacrifice?
Replies: 4
Views: 536

Re: Do you need three try/fail cycles if you're also making your character make a big sacrifice?

Not entirely sure what I can add beyond all the very helpful info that disgruntledpeony gave. But I'd recommend focusing less on three try/fail cycles and more on carefully reading and understanding stories with character arcs that you think worked well. Given that you're trying to win WotF, read Wo...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"
Replies: 6
Views: 507

Re: What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"

So are you suggesting "Lost Robot," might not have passed muster had it been an entry from an unknown author submitting it to the competition, but that it can still be a great story despite this? If that's the case, it brings up the question for me of why such a story would not be accepte...
by Andy Dibble
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"
Replies: 6
Views: 507

Re: What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"

I'm going to take as a given that "Lost Robot" is a good story because this discussion is moot otherwise. Margaret Atwood has said that the cardinal rule of fiction is "hold my attention." I think that is essentially true, and I think most writers would agree that it's at least a...
by Andy Dibble
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 163
Views: 6318

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Does anyone else out there use polysyndeton as a literary device? I don't see this much (if any) in sci fi/fantasy. Not sure us using such a device would be frowned upon in this contest (even when used correctly)??? Any thoughts? I find myself using it fairly commonly with a close point of view. So...
by Andy Dibble
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Use of italics for emphasis
Replies: 14
Views: 1085

Re: Use of italics for emphasis

Real life speech in particular has all sorts of inflections we can't get across, it also has erms, and umms, for which advice is generally not to include. I'm not one  for shouting about writing rules, and this isn't exactly given as a 'rule', but I don't see italics used for emphasis that often in...
by Andy Dibble
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 185
Views: 11299

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I just looked at my Q1 sub...... and found a spelling mistake in the 3rd sentence. I wouldn't worry so much, my winning piece had a word missing in the second sentence. :p There definitely are 'zines that will reject you for typos and grammar issues early on, but I don't think WotF is one of them. ...
by Andy Dibble
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon on Nebula Award's recommended reading list!
Replies: 11
Views: 764

Re: Wulf Moon on Nebula Award's recommended reading list!

Congrats Moon! About: I think that handicapped MCs are the wave of the sci fi future. My disabilities have been a more fertile source of inspiration than my ethnicity, gender, sexuality, etc. (all those other identity boxes). (My studder isn't significant enough to constitute a disability but it all...
by Andy Dibble
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: WotF Volume 36 Pre-Order is Here!
Replies: 28
Views: 1031

Re: WotF Volume 36 Pre-Order is Here!

Thank you all for the excitement about my and others' writing.
by Andy Dibble
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What to put in a bio?
Replies: 12
Views: 916

Re: What to put in a bio?

It's also common to include things that are interesting about you or what makes your experience interesting. Have you learned any other languages, been to other countries, had any weird jobs, study interesting subjects. "Her hobby is watching sunsets from her downtown loft balcony" casts y...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A quick question about commas in dialogue
Replies: 4
Views: 457

Re: A quick question about commas in dialogue

I agree that grammatically you would want to use a comma after shrugged. But given that you can't shrug speech, I think "Does anyone know how to use this comma correctly?" He shrugged. "Because I don't have the foggiest clue." is better. The shrugging needs to be distinct from th...
by Andy Dibble
Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to ensure your story is original enough (and not too original)?
Replies: 11
Views: 1122

Re: How to ensure your story is original enough (and not too original)?

AlexH wrote:If I ever won, I was hoping someone else wrote those!


Author Services did write the one line description of my story for the anthology and offered revisions of it. I'm not actually sure why I'm being asked to write one. Maybe I should ask :)
by Andy Dibble
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to ensure your story is original enough (and not too original)?
Replies: 11
Views: 1122

Re: How to ensure your story is original enough (and not too original)?

If you can't write a summary in one line, is your story trying to achieve too much? This is good and I think the answer is yes because every story should have enough focus for you to pick out that focus. interestingly enough, today I was just asked to write a one-liner for my WotF story. Too origin...
by Andy Dibble
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to ensure your story is original enough (and not too original)?
Replies: 11
Views: 1122

Re: How to ensure your story is original enough (and not too original)?

Let me say a bit more about what I mean by original because I don't want anyone to think they have to be original in some extravagant sense. Looking through just the current issue of F&SF I see (i tried to avoid spoilers): * a character faced with the dilemma of choosing to save her life and the...
by Andy Dibble
Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to ensure your story is original enough (and not too original)?
Replies: 11
Views: 1122

How to ensure your story is original enough (and not too original)?

I came to trying to write fiction professionally because I gave up on academia and wanted to publish my ideas. All that character and plot stuff came later, and I still have a fondness for writing stories that are thin on characters and plot but have many delightful ideas glommed together. I think m...
by Andy Dibble
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantasy and Science Fiction-How does Charlie do it?
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Re: Fantasy and Science Fiction-How does Charlie do it?

From what I've learned, the vast majority of the slush doesn't survive 15 seconds of reading. I think this is plausible, at least for top markets (some markets are gracious enough to read everything they get sent). I also think some markets are more forgiving than others. My WotF winner had a missi...
by Andy Dibble
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantasy and Science Fiction-How does Charlie do it?
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Re: Fantasy and Science Fiction-How does Charlie do it?

I think there are other slush readers for F&SF. I read the bio of a Swedish writer that said he was a First Reader for F&SF, and not all my rejections are from him. On the other hand, I think that Grinder only represents the minority of submissions F&SF receives. There's Duotrope and man...
by Andy Dibble
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Passing of Mike Resnick
Replies: 11
Views: 910

Re: Passing of Mike Resnick

Wow. Kind of feels like there's a hole in the world. I hope everyone close to him is able to grieve productively.
by Andy Dibble
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Novel Structures - Pros and Cons
Replies: 4
Views: 659

Re: Novel Structures - Pros and Cons

Hi, The reader has to be told what the world is before understanding how it changes in the First Turning Point, how long is that allowed to be? 1 chapter? 2? 5? ... I'm confident in the first chapter, but when the second chapter doesn't showcase the First Turning point, I am concerned that no matte...
by Andy Dibble
Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Orson Scott Card podcast
Replies: 1
Views: 580

Re: Orson Scott Card podcast

This may be a subtle difference, but starting at 1:02 I didn't hear a call to write fresh stories but rather (in Card's words) to "reinvent" the story. It's fine to do be big rewrites (he talks about ditching even 200 pages and starting over from the beginning) of the same story. What he c...

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