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by Andy Dibble
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you improve your writing output?
Replies: 0
Views: 5

How do you improve your writing output?

I was getting better about writing more words in a day and finishing what I started and now I'm not so great. :p There are things I do which I think help: * get the ideas for a story, its speculative ideas, setting, characters, etc. out in a messy brainstorm format before I try to write actual scene...
by Andy Dibble
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: David Farland's New Book: WRITING WONDER
Replies: 8
Views: 450

Re: David Farland's New Book: WRITING WONDER

I really enjoyed this book. It made me rethink what makes a good magic system, what Tolkien's successes were, and the importance of setting. Just before I started reading this book, I was reading another book, which was literally putting me to sleep. I started reading this book, and I read it in one...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Common Issues I see on critiques
Replies: 7
Views: 108

Re: Common Issues I see on critiques

There's a great deal about fiction writing I don't do intuitively. And if my first drafts ever got out to the interwebs, I think I'd die from shame :) There is one intuition you have to develop: know when what you've written isn't good enough. If you get that far, you know to re-write or revise. If ...
by Andy Dibble
Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Common Issues I see on critiques
Replies: 7
Views: 108

Re: Common Issues I see on critiques

Good stuff, especially the bit about fixing structural things before you fix finer details. But I think you missed a few important ones (and others probably have their own lists) Story Doesn't Do Much of Anything Innovative: Something or a combination of somethings should set your story apart from a...
by Andy Dibble
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 899057

Re: Success!

Congrats, Beth! Your going through the process motivates me to follow you. Self-publishing a book is definitely it's own form of achievement. And when it's a collection of shorts it gives you leeway to stick in some that weren't picked up by a market but you're proud of or that fit with a theme.
by Andy Dibble
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 899057

Re: Success!

I got my first personal rejection from Asimov's.
by Andy Dibble
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 899057

Re: Success!

Congrats! It's a rush, isn't it?
by Andy Dibble
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1650
Views: 48478

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Like everything we learned in school, there's more to denouement than "the falling action". The plot's loose ends must be tied; the promise to the reader, fulfilled. Better yet, there should be some emotional resolution for the reader. Moon mentions coming full circle as a satisfying deno...
by Andy Dibble
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 234
Views: 83349

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

I have some extra time now so if anyone want me to critique the first 450 of their piece, I'm happy to. PM me
by Andy Dibble
Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 15
Views: 1016

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

I often include if the story I'm submitting was held for additional consideration by a specific professional market, the rationale being that the reader will have more reason to think this story has merit. Your publishing credentials don't indicate that directly. The argument against doing this is t...
by Andy Dibble
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 339
Views: 10459

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I agree that you should write the story first and only worry about length in the revising stage. One exercise that helps me while revising is to force the story to be a certain size (e.g. 20% shorter). Often times, it gets better. The best thing that ever happened to a story I once submitted to Diab...
by Andy Dibble
Wed Jul 24, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 23
Views: 1754

Re: How do you write eloquently?

Forgive me for chiming in a bit late here. I'm new to the forum. My advice for writing eloquently is * Read a lot, especially stuff written by writers you like. You have to marinate in the work of good authors if you want to write like them. * In my case, it's easier to write eloquent dialog than de...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Winning Stories Rejected by the Zines?
Replies: 5
Views: 649

Re: Winning Stories Rejected by the Zines?

My first place piece was rejected by Analog and likely others (I didn't always keep good records on my submissions back when I first wrote it). The beginning also got a facelift before I resubmitted to WOTF, so my experience may not speak much to your question. In truth, I think the best way to succ...

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