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by RusticBohemian
Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Do you have tips for brainstorming?
Replies: 4
Views: 790

Do you have tips for brainstorming?

I've got a story coming along well. I've got an antagonist, and I know what his broad goal is and what he's trying to achieve. I've come up with two specific "schemes" for him that work, but which are just too obvious. I've also come up with another two that work well and are original, but...
by RusticBohemian
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Short stories that are obviously part of a larger narrative?
Replies: 1
Views: 589

Short stories that are obviously part of a larger narrative?

I recently read and enjoyed The Mongolian Wizard on Tor.com: https://www.tor.com/2012/07/04/the-mongolian-wizard/#comment-770129 The story is obviously part of a larger narrative. It could even be the first chapter of a book. I'm curious to know if judges would look favorably on this sort of story, ...
by RusticBohemian
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magazines that publish environmental-themed fantasy fiction?
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: Magazines that publish environmental-themed fantasy fiction?

Found them through grinder and submitted yesterday. Seems like a great fit. :)

AlexH wrote:The Reckoning might suit your story: https://reckoning.press/submit/
by RusticBohemian
Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magazines that publish environmental-themed fantasy fiction?
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: Magazines that publish environmental-themed fantasy fiction?

Thanks! Awesome perspective. What Becky said, RusticBohemian. But do hang it up on your wall and be proud. Thousands entered that quarter from around the world. Your story rose to the top of the heap! As Kevin J. Anderson told me long ago when I attended the gala held in Seattle, "Getting even ...
by RusticBohemian
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magazines that publish environmental-themed fantasy fiction?
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: Magazines that publish environmental-themed fantasy fiction?

Check the submissions grinder! You can search by pay, length, lots of metrics. Cool! I didn't know this existed. Is it worth mentioning that this story got an honorable mention from the Writers of the Future contest in the cover letter, or does that make it seem like the story has already been reje...
by RusticBohemian
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magazines that publish environmental-themed fantasy fiction?
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Magazines that publish environmental-themed fantasy fiction?

My first submission to WOTF got an honorable mention. Yay me! Even though it didn't win, I still love the story and the ideas behind it, and I'd like to see it published somewhere so others can enjoy it. It's a longer piece at 16,884 words, which I realize makes it harder to publish. But I was wonde...
by RusticBohemian
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: The use of vulgarity in contest entries.
Replies: 2
Views: 2130

Re: The use of vulgarity in contest entries.

Wulf Moon wrote:You will find your answers by scrolling a little further down in this heading to CURSING AND SEXUAL SITUATIONS. You will also find your answers by reading the latest volumes and taking note of the cursing that passed their standards.


Thanks!
by RusticBohemian
Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: The use of vulgarity in contest entries.
Replies: 2
Views: 2130

The use of vulgarity in contest entries.

The judges have mentioned that they generally don't choose stories with a lot of vulgarity. I'm just looking to understand that a bit more. Sometimes, sprinkling, "damn" into a story adds some flavor. I don't even consider damn a swear, but I realize there are those who do. Where exactly i...
by RusticBohemian
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Does this opening work?
Replies: 1
Views: 1282

Does this opening work?

I've got a pretty solid novelette that I'm finishing up, but I'm not sure about the opening. I'd like feedback about whether or not it starts too slow and/or if it strays into, "as you know, bob," territory. Would anyone be willing to read the first 2,000 words and let me know if they enjo...
by RusticBohemian
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Who puts out great fantasy novelettes and and novellas that sell well?
Replies: 4
Views: 2196

Re: Who puts out great fantasy novelettes and and novellas that sell well?

That's a great list! Thanks.

I was wondering if a double-whammy strategy of seeking publication in the mags and then self-publishing it afterward might be good. I just don't know if people really buy stories of those lengths from self-published authors.
by RusticBohemian
Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Who puts out great fantasy novelettes and and novellas that sell well?
Replies: 4
Views: 2196

Who puts out great fantasy novelettes and and novellas that sell well?

Novelettes and novellas tend not to be picked up by the big publishing houses, but are there any self-published authors doing good work in this length range?

A mix of high-quality writing and good sales?
by RusticBohemian
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Manuscript format question
Replies: 25
Views: 5795

Re: Manuscript format question

KD Julicher wrote:You can use Times New Roman if you prefer, I believe Dave has said that he either prefers it or is fine with it. Use italics, not underlines. That's definitely preferred, regardless of what SMF may say.


Italics instead of underlining for what type of text?
by RusticBohemian
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Manuscript format question
Replies: 25
Views: 5795

Re: Manuscript format question

You want both your title and page number in the right hand corner of the header. Otherwise, I think you've more or less got it? The only things you need to avoid including in your submission for WotF are your name in the header, your byline, and your address/e-mail. I usually write my prose in prop...
by RusticBohemian
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Manuscript format question
Replies: 25
Views: 5795

Manuscript format question

I often see this suggested as the best way to set up your manuscript: https://www.shunn.net/format/story.html But some of the information does not apply because we're supposed to keep any information that could identify us off the manuscript. So can I boil it down to the following? - 12 pt Courier f...
by RusticBohemian
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:54 pm
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: 2492

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

How necessary is having three try/fail cycles? I've got 17k to execute my story, and I'm hitting up against that. I really only had one big disaster, and several road bumps that probably fall short of disaster, but my character then pivoted and sacrificed something she cared about very much to bypas...
by RusticBohemian
Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"
Replies: 10
Views: 3664

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

Thanks. I think you're probably right. There are some features of WotF winning stories that are almost indispensable (conflict, rich description, one or more problems to solve come to mind). I think a story would have to be breathtakingly strong in other respects (original premise, a fresh voice, pa...
by RusticBohemian
Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"
Replies: 10
Views: 3664

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 accepted...
by RusticBohemian
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"
Replies: 10
Views: 3664

What kind of story is, "Lost Robot?"

*Spoiler Warning* for Lost Robot I just finished Dean Wesley Smith's "Lost Robot," from Writers of the Future #35. I'm hoping to discuss why this was a well-received story and what its strengths were. I bring this up not to be critical, but because I'm trying to understand good writing and...
by RusticBohemian
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SOMETHING NEW THIS WAY COMES!
Replies: 18
Views: 5145

Re: SOMETHING NEW THIS WAY COMES!

Will this be a reproduction of the workshop writers normally get to attempt if they win the contest?
by RusticBohemian
Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Can I get some critiques for my 17k story?
Replies: 1
Views: 2010

Can I get some critiques for my 17k story?

I've got a 17k story that has already received a once-over from three people. One was from a writer who gave me some great feedback which I've now incorporated. The second reviewer unambiguously loved it. The third basically felt like it was too short, and wanted it longer so as to better develop se...
by RusticBohemian
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Is a fantasy story without an ending/solution that involves fantasy wrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 3591

Re: Is a fantasy story without an ending/solution that involves fantasy wrong?

RSchibler wrote:It’s generally recommended to avoid details regarding your story on the forum as the contest is anonymous - I’d edit out those details. Judges have been known to browse the forum.


Ok. Edited to make my post more generic.
by RusticBohemian
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Is a fantasy story without an ending/solution that involves fantasy wrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 3591

Is a fantasy story without an ending/solution that involves fantasy wrong?

In a WOTF podcast panel interview (link below), contest judge Jody Lynn Nye says that one major mistake she sees being made frequently is that people will use a fantasy setting but have the resolution/ending/solution have nothing to do with fantasy at all. She seemed to say that this was a common ca...

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