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by Reuben
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 144
Views: 7835

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

All joking aside, always read the latest for the current trend, as much to avoid writing something similar as to see what Dave currently likes. And then go back from there, latest to last, for about five or six years. Volume 31 is an important year. My friends Steve Pantazis, Martin Shoemaker, and ...
by Reuben
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4276
Views: 1153155

Re: Success!

RSchibler wrote:My story "The Wizard, the Watcher, and the Waif" will be published Friday at https://nightshiftradio.com/storytellersprint. Enjoy!


Congratulations!
by Reuben
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Average WOTF story word count?
Replies: 8
Views: 183

Re: Average WOTF story word count?

Check out Wulf's Super Secret # 31 where he talks about this. If you ever want any information about winning the contest, it's a good bet that Wulf's super secrets probably talk about it. Regarding minimum word length, see this thread It's my personal opinion from looking at non-winning finalists th...
by Reuben
Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: The Word That
Replies: 13
Views: 211

Re: The Word That

Yes, "like" and "as" as also words that I try to cut out. If I can change a simile into a metaphor, I do. And usually when there's a simile (e.g. "her eyes were as dark as night") I try to cut the first like or as (her eyes were dark as night). Compare “‘I’m not actuall...
by Reuben
Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: The Word That
Replies: 13
Views: 211

Re: The Word That

RSchibler wrote:I got my list from The Ten Percent Solution by Ken Rand.
wotf019

Reuben Previously wrote:(which is a book that I do plan on buying sometime in the near future).


Well, I guess that leaves me no choice...
by Reuben
Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Help a writer become a volunteer reader for a Literary Magazine
Replies: 5
Views: 401

Re: Help a writer become a volunteer reader for a Literary Magazine

Thanks! I think I know why I've been rejected--there's no way for them to tell I'd be a good fir in anyway. They didn't offer a trial or anything. I guess I'll just have to wait until I get something published, then try again (as my signature so tellingly says).
by Reuben
Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: The Word That
Replies: 13
Views: 211

Re: The Word That

Thank you, everyone! And thank you Liz for the suggestions. Very helpful. Not to get on with the actual writing... wotf007 I do a CTL+F for "that" and a number of other words before submitting. It's quite frequently unnecessary. I'd love to hear what those words are, as well as anyone else...
by Reuben
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: The Word That
Replies: 13
Views: 211

The Word That

I've found that "that" is a word I use often without thinking, yet the sentence reads well without it, and in published fiction it's usually absent. It seems like it's one of those words that you use to cut the "ten percent" (which is a book that I do plan on buying sometime in t...
by Reuben
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Influenced by vs. too close for comfort
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: Influenced by vs. too close for comfort

So where is the line? Obviously people who read a lot are influenced by what they read. And beginning writers (consciously or not) try on styles of various writers they admire, write fan fiction, put new twists on old ideas, etc. Obviously no one should be using fanfic or revamped versions of someo...
by Reuben
Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Help a writer become a volunteer reader for a Literary Magazine
Replies: 5
Views: 401

Re: Help a writer become a volunteer reader for a Literary Magazine

I just got rejected for an opportunity to be a first reader. wotf014

Any idea what they're looking for, aside from having professional sales? It's not as if we critique publicly. wotf017
by Reuben
Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 144
Views: 7835

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

Uh oh. I would email Joni--definitely. Might be it just didn't go out yet, though. Since I'm paranoid, I usually go back into the site and click Enter Writers of the Future Contest, and if it tells me that my submission has been processed, I relax. I advise you to do that; also, check your spam mail.
by Reuben
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4276
Views: 1153155

Re: Success!

Wow! Congratulations!
by Reuben
Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Mirror mirror
Replies: 7
Views: 235

Re: Mirror mirror

Ending where one began is a common and easy way to wrap up a story and make it look cohesive. Although there are other ways to achieve the effect, this is the easiest, whether it be through plot, or setting or dialog, although setting is the most common, I think. For example, the first time I saw th...
by Reuben
Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Content marketing: a key to success
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: Content marketing: a key to success

Yup, looks like spam. wotf014 On the other hand, it looks pretty interesting once deciphered. It's teaching all the spam super secrets!
by Reuben
Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: 4.6k SF for critique exchange
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Re: 4.6k SF for critique exchange

Yikes, not much time left. I'm happy to offer my eyes. I've pm'ed you.
by Reuben
Sun Dec 27, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 144
Views: 7835

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

At this point, whoever you are, just submit something! If your a new writer or an old hand, got a sure winner or a rotten banana, SUBMIT. It's at least good practice and will lessen chances of technical difficulties when you really want to. Plus you have a cool R, or higher, for your signature pane...
by Reuben
Sun Dec 27, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5013
Views: 1303687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

By the way, I really enjoyed your story. Vol. 33 was the first I read (it was the most recent one one ebay that was cheap) and your story was at first the only one what really spoke to me. In fact, I sort of copied my third submission after your story (not intentionally, obviously), although that di...
by Reuben
Sun Dec 27, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 144
Views: 7835

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

Submitted at last. I feel like I sat too long on this story, although I have a good feeling about this one. Finally, I don't have to look at this story for another three months.

Not to finally start working on my other story for the quarter...hmmm, three days left.

Best of luck to everyone!
by Reuben
Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5013
Views: 1303687

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Wow. Impressive signature wotf008
by Reuben
Thu Dec 24, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What's in a name?
Replies: 6
Views: 244

Re: What's in a name?

Jed and Sally. Ted's problem. Conflict frontiers. The savage gnome. Starship harriers. I'm not sure if any are good names but the top two are not. Or am I wrong? Yes, I think the first two are obviously bad. Firstly, because they don't say much. (What about Jed and Sally? What exactly is Ted's prob...
by Reuben
Sun Dec 20, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What's in a name?
Replies: 6
Views: 244

Re: What's in a name?

I find titles fascinating. To your first question: Yes, they're important. Yes, Dave has said that he looks at titles, that the title is the first hook. I don't think anyone would discard a story because of a title, but there are good titles and bad titles. Professional ones and unprofessional ones....
by Reuben
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Backwards world??
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: Backwards world??

Not nodnoL! Personally, I prefer the post comments with the latest at the top. Like the topic headings already seen to do. This avoids having to go to another page then scroll all the way to the bottom. Drives me batty! This has to have come up before? Anyone in my corner? Any chance it may be swit...
by Reuben
Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing reference book suggestions
Replies: 9
Views: 489

Re: Writing reference book suggestions

I smell something fishy... On another note, talking about 7 point plot structure, there are actually two different ones. There's Dave's, but there's also Dan Wells'. It's not better or worse, just different, helps create a structure. He has a thing on youtube and a podcast about it on Writing Excuse...
by Reuben
Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can't read can't write
Replies: 31
Views: 921

Re: Can't read can't write

I feel the others are more throw away lines. Like the writers tried very hard to write a fancy string of words, rather than setting up questions that the reader asks but aren't told. Do you read just because it sounds interesting or because there's a definite question? The stock market report can b...
by Reuben
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Crit exchange 7,500 words
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: Crit exchange 7,500 words

Be happy to. I've sent you a pm.
by Reuben
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can't read can't write
Replies: 31
Views: 921

Re: Can't read can't write

Wow. I suppose that first lines are different for everyone. Me, I couldn't have stopped reading after that first line. What kind of question is "Would you kill a child"? Who would ask such a question and to whom are they asking it? A similar first line that I think is ingenious, from Gene ...
by Reuben
Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can't read can't write
Replies: 31
Views: 921

Re: Can't read can't write

A hundred percent. It may be, however, that different people have different ideas for interesting hooks. For WotF? Every single story in the anthology has several hooks, raises several questions, just in the beginning. A personal favorite of mine from vol. 35 is: "Would you kill a child?" ...
by Reuben
Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:46 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Do you have tips for brainstorming?
Replies: 9
Views: 1287

Re: Do you have tips for brainstorming?

It's called "No Seriously, Where Do You Get Your Ideas" (season 10) and was one one the most eye-opening episodes for me. Mainly, it was Mary's parable of oranges that did the trick. I git several ideas from that one brainstorming exercise, and my current WotF entry is based on one of them.
by Reuben
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can't read can't write
Replies: 31
Views: 921

Re: Can't read can't write

Writing is the basis of everything and you don't need anything to do it. Reading is optional. It is interesting that people find it hard to grasp that someone who doesn't read much can want to be an author. I don't mean to be confrontational, but what I find hard to grasp, is not regarding plain wr...
by Reuben
Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can't read can't write
Replies: 31
Views: 921

Re: Can't read can't write

Firstly, I hope you weren't offended by what I said; I didn't mean it as such. I just took for granted that there were books that you liked, and I was saying you should study (read: study, not imitate) those. And if there wasn't a single story you like reading, I was wondering why you wanted to writ...

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