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by crlisle
Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 129
Views: 6533

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I am ready to put Super Secret #16 into action. I did not do so last quarter and missed POV errors and paragraphing errors. Here's to my invisible audience! I also plan to print it out into book form to make sure it looks good. Super Secret #19 Thanks again Wulf Moon for helping us learn to be SUCCE...
by crlisle
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 39997

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

I got mine on Aug 27.
by crlisle
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 129
Views: 6533

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

My first Q4 story has been sent to an editor for review and am now writing a second Q4 story. I will submit the best out of the two at end of Sept.
by crlisle
Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:42 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 29
Views: 5896

Re: Dialogue Tips

Wiomis, I think you need to make your request into its own Reply. It is hidden here, so not many forumites will see it.

I know that Wulf Moon was a winner of the Scholastic writing contest when he was a teenager. Contests are a good thing.
by crlisle
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Alien Languages
Replies: 7
Views: 523

Re: Alien Languages

What always pings my brain is when a universal translator is in effect, then an alien swears, like when Klingons yell Bach Loch! or something. Maybe there's no translation. I know several Jamaican swear words that don't translate. That's a good way to remind folks they are alien and speaking an ali...
by crlisle
Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 29
Views: 5896

Re: Dialogue Tips

You don't say specifically what you are looking for, but for general writing advice, I recommend David Farland's book, Writing Wonder. It is a great place to start.
by crlisle
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Alien Languages
Replies: 7
Views: 523

Alien Languages

Do all aliens in sci fi stories speak English? How do I show an alien speaking another language and being translated by a machine or chip of some kind? I was considering using Spanish and translating it. Or maybe Latin? Or should I just stick to the alien speaking English? Which is best? Thanks for ...
by crlisle
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Short Story vs Novel
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Short Story vs Novel

Hi all, I have been wondering what the difference between a short story and a novel is, besides length.
What are the main differences?

I want to change one or two of my short stories into YA novels, but I don't know how to go about it.

Thanks for any help you can give me!
by crlisle
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3349
Views: 301292

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

So this was my big project today. Here's the copy on a new class for Fyrelite Online in October. This one is to teach the Seven Point Plot, but with my Secret modifications! Let me know what you think. Going to send this over to post to the site soon, probably tonight. Cheers! This is exciting and ...
by crlisle
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2967
Views: 619670

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi Jayrod! I loved your poem that you wrote in the class chat. It was very powerful. Welcome to the Forum. You will find support and the way to success here.
by crlisle
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1043279

Re: Success!

After many, many, MANY hours of revision, my first ever submission to Writers of the Future sold to Metaphorosis. It's titled "Shards." This is my first story sale *ever* after, um, five years of straight rejections. And it's the basis for the cover art! You can read it here: https://maga...
by crlisle
Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3349
Views: 301292

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!

It was a wonderful class! I am still absorbing all we were taught and have great revision plans for my 4th quarter story. The chat thread was a blast! So nice to meet you all. I just wish we could have met in person. Maybe next year?
by crlisle
Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 129
Views: 6533

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Dustin Adams wrote:
[size=200]Q4: July 1, 2020 - September 31, 2020


Hi Dustin, thank you for the extra day, but September usually only has 30 days, not 31.
by crlisle
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: David Farland's last tip is really a checklist
Replies: 0
Views: 413

David Farland's last tip is really a checklist

I noticed that David Farland's last writing tip - Deadly Writing Sins - is actually a checklist which can be used: 1. Have strong visuals 2. Don't hide the viewpoint character's name 3. Use all the senses 4. Share your protagonist's thoughts with your reader 5. Don't use whishy-washy language 6. Don...
by crlisle
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 39997

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Thanks to the Super Secrets, I got my first Honorable Mention! Thanks Wulf Moon! Thanks to my editor too!

I worked so hard on this story.

Congrats to RSchibler on your semi-finalist. I am so excited for you!
by crlisle
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2967
Views: 619670

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

This is the place! Welcome!
by crlisle
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: World Building
Replies: 1
Views: 354

Re: World Building

I imagine a world which I would love to visit, put myself in it and then describe it. I use my senses. What are the smells? How does it feel? What does it look like? Are there any ambient noises? What are the colors? Example: Harold looked up and saw white puffy clouds kissing the tall redwood trees...
by crlisle
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 259
Views: 19962

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Submitted for Q3 and already writing for Q4.
Phew! What a horrible week this has been. I started on 3 stories until I finally chose which one to send.
It feels SO good to have this done!
I love the story I submitted! And I am loving my next story.
by crlisle
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 259
Views: 19962

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Thank you disgruntledpeony!!! Your encouraging words help a LOT. This 3rd quarter is proving to be difficult. At least it keeps me from hiding in my fort while waiting for 2nd qtr results.
by crlisle
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: David Farland's podcast on WoTF
Replies: 0
Views: 787

David Farland's podcast on WoTF

You've got to listen to David Farland being interviewed by John Goodman!
He explains why he changed his name from Wolverton!
Great stuff!
by crlisle
Wed May 27, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Real Life Research Helpers
Replies: 7
Views: 810

Re: Real Life Research Helpers

nreavis, did you see the Oreo plate tectonics on Facebook? Totally cracked me up!
by crlisle
Wed May 27, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Real Life Research Helpers
Replies: 7
Views: 810

Re: Real Life Research Helpers

I am a bookkeeper. I have also worked in radio and helped put one on the air. I have also worked with disabled students and created a volunteer reader program putting books onto tape. I have lived mostly in the western usa and grew up in Silicon Valley. My hobby is gastronomy. Feel free to ask me ab...
by crlisle
Sat May 23, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2967
Views: 619670

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Cool logo Shockhawk.
by crlisle
Fri May 15, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: NEW! The Writers of the Future ONLINE WORKSHOP!
Replies: 14
Views: 2663

Re: NEW! The Writers of the Future ONLINE WORKSHOP!

"...technique is not a habit, but a constant set of rules to be frequently refreshed in your mind." from the essay by L. Ron Hubbard in the lessons about writing suspense. i was so relieved when I read this! I thought I was stupid because I have to keep post-it notes on my computer: hook, ...
by crlisle
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 437
Views: 45973

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

R as expected. I submitted it before learning the craft of writing from this forum.

Congrats forumites! Well done!
by crlisle
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol. 37
Replies: 16
Views: 4160

Re: Quarter 1 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol. 37

Rejected for 1st quarter, as expected. I submitted it before learning the craft of writing from this forum.
by crlisle
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What to put in a bio?
Replies: 12
Views: 2957

Re: What to put in a bio?

Lol. That is funny. I was born in El Paso.
by crlisle
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3349
Views: 301292

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

Oooh, oooh, I'm not enrolled, but this looks like such fun!

1. My Two Husbands

2. Pyramid

3. Fishing

4. Out of Bounds

5. But I Loved That Shirt!
by crlisle
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3349
Views: 301292

Re: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Workshop & Challenge!

I have finished DO NOT OBEY flash and KYD.
I think I might expand this one for my 3rd quarter entry.
by crlisle
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 39997

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Just submitted for Q2 Volume 37. I worked very hard on this story. My editor looked at it twice for me and I did revisions both times. It came to 5,700 words. How does Joni keep all these quarters straight? My head is spinning right now. Waiting for results for Q1 Volume 37 and now Q2 Volume 37. And...

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