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by BlackInk
Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 178
Views: 18590

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

SupermanSam, I'd be happy to take a look at another story of yours also. Pming you my email address.
by BlackInk
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: First vs Final Draft
Replies: 16
Views: 1601

Re: First vs Final Draft

Dustin Adams wrote:It's not a winner, but I'll offer my SHM that I edited to my SF.
Up to you.



I would LOVEEEE that! Pming you my email. Thank you!
by BlackInk
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4296
Views: 1189559

Re: Success!

Finally got a chance to read it. Reminded me of Lies of Locke Lamora (which I really like so this is only meant as a compliment) with the heist and fantasy aspect.

I especially liked this description:

"...Wrinkles pressed on wrinkles ..." Congratulations again!
by BlackInk
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: First vs Final Draft
Replies: 16
Views: 1601

Re: First vs Final Draft

I planned to share an early draft of the story if I ever won WotF, but my stories aren't changing all that much from first to final draft these days. I did share the first and final draft of a poem that was published in a local anthology recently. I planned to write up why I made certain changes, b...
by BlackInk
Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: First vs Final Draft
Replies: 16
Views: 1601

Re: First vs Final Draft

You can see Anton Rose's winning story on Scribophile and the crits and changes he made in response there. You have to join, but you don't have to pay. It's a great story. Exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks! I like scribophile and already have an account there too. Thanks to the rest of you also ...
by BlackInk
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: First vs Final Draft
Replies: 16
Views: 1601

Re: First vs Final Draft

Honestly, probably not. People tend not to put their WIPs in public places in order to preserve the story's first rights, and I certainly don't like showing off older versions of published works. The only way I could think of something like this happening is to be really active in crit trades, and ...
by BlackInk
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: First vs Final Draft
Replies: 16
Views: 1601

First vs Final Draft

Does anyone know where I can find a first draft (or even later draft) of a story vs the polished/published version of it? Maybe an HM or SHM story that eventually got edited and won or went up the food chain (to F)?

If they're WotF stories all the better but really anything would do.
by BlackInk
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 178
Views: 18590

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

SO then, it could be argued that consistently maintaining a particular performance level is in actuality an improvement? Hahaha I like the way you think! A very optimistic way of looking at it (and probably realistic too). As Moon said, I don't think that short would ever make finalist today. Heck,...
by BlackInk
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4296
Views: 1189559

Re: Success!

My story "The Wizard, the Watcher, and the Waif" will be published Friday at https://nightshiftradio.com/storytellersprint. Enjoy! Congratulations!!! Can't wait to read it in 2 days. You mentioned this was a previous HM? How much changing did it undergo before its now polished diamond sta...
by BlackInk
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 178
Views: 18590

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

Thanks, storysinger. I thought I had Volume 5 but on looking, it was 3. However, I found the story online: http://stobblehouse.com/arthome/stob/justdont.html I agree with Dustin - I can't see a winning story that short now. 350 words though? Maybe WriterGirl0426 has a chance! Thanks for the link, A...
by BlackInk
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 178
Views: 18590

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

Submitted and can finally close out all my research tabs. Good luck to us all!
by BlackInk
Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38
Replies: 178
Views: 18590

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 38

It'll be another tight squeeze for me as I work on edits to the last few minutes before the deadline. Why has this become my norm now? For those of you who are like me and at this stage feel defeated with the manuscript, don't let it stop you from submitting. I don't think this story of mine will go...
by BlackInk
Thu Dec 10, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 71
Views: 11675

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Thank you for further commentary on it, Wulf! I hope I can one day make readers feel my character's pain in their hearts. It is very hard to do right (for me). I saw my explanation for the resolution of the story got cut off, must have gotten deleted or something during my pasting/editing process. A...
by BlackInk
Tue Dec 08, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Do you have tips for brainstorming?
Replies: 9
Views: 1847

Re: Do you have tips for brainstorming?

https://writingexcuses.com/tag/brainstorming/

Top one is the one Reuben mentioned. It is very good. I always find my problem isn't with finding ideas but what to do with them after the fact. Answer? CONFLICT!
by BlackInk
Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Do you have tips for brainstorming?
Replies: 9
Views: 1847

Re: Do you have tips for brainstorming?

I suggest listening to the WE podcast on brainstorming stories to see how they get from one idea to an actual story. If I find the episode I'll edit this and link to it. It's not just brainstorming ideas but what to do with them once you have em.
by BlackInk
Mon Dec 07, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 71
Views: 11675

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Hope it's ok for me to pop in here with a different assignment. I decided to do the assignment Wulf posted in his secrets thread a little while ago, as I could use a reminder of all the secrets, and wanted to show support for his work. So here is my go at Muzik Man. I didn’t look too much at what ot...
by BlackInk
Thu Dec 03, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3697
Views: 649316

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

Just popped in here to say thank you all. I got several rejections from Flame Tree before this story and my 1st ever submission there was such a big flub. It was on the precognition theme for the scifi genre and I wrote mine as fantasy (I blame the baby and sleep deprivation on this) :O I sent an em...
by BlackInk
Mon Nov 30, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 67811

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

kentagions wrote:Email confirmation that the story will not be included.

Submitting elsewhere.

Keep writing. Keep submitting.


Sorry to hear that. That must be so tough after all the waiting and being so so close. I am excited to read the story when you get it published elsewhere!
by BlackInk
Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 342
Views: 47353

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I can't imagine the sting of coming so close and not getting it but man, you are all so inspiring!
by BlackInk
Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Anyone Open For Critiques Or Exchanges? Thanks :)
Replies: 4
Views: 723

Re: Anyone Open For Critiques Or Exchanges? Thanks :)

I'd be happy to critique too!
by BlackInk
Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 342
Views: 47353

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I got a Image but was very hopeful with this one. Still, huge improvement from Q3.
by BlackInk
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 67811

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I haven't heard anything yet either AJZach and Brittany, et,al., note that no semifinalists have been announced. They hold those back briefly in case a finalist bows out or is disqualified. They will then pull one from the eight semifinalists to replace the finalist. So I’m guessing you’re one of t...
by BlackInk
Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 67811

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I got a rejection :( It was a rewrite of my previous story that got an HM, but it was also before I joined the forum. Have since realized I did everything wrong with the rewrite so I expected a rejection but was mildly optimistic it would at least place. Congratulations to all those who placed and a...
by BlackInk
Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 342
Views: 47353

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Well I've submitted. Now to get cracking on Q1 for volume 38.
by BlackInk
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Looking for a critique/feedback
Replies: 5
Views: 1648

Re: Looking for a critique/feedback

Nreavis,

I'd be happy to give it a look if you're still interested. I'll pm you my email.
by BlackInk
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you write eloquently?
Replies: 44
Views: 12190

Re: How do you write eloquently?

I didn't mean to be harsh and apologize if it came across that way, Corbin! We're all learning here. I recently listened to this WE podcast and it reminded me of this thread so figured I would share here: https://writingexcuses.com/2017/03/26/12-13-beautiful-prose-purple-prose/ It helped me realize ...
by BlackInk
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 44
Views: 7614

Re: Goals four V.38!

I'm in!
by BlackInk
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3697
Views: 649316

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

Hello everyone, I want to start participating in these super secrets as they look super helpful! I assume I can just jump in? I see that right now you are in the middle of an exercise that has different parts so perhaps it would be better to wait until the next one so I don't have to go back throug...

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