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by Wulf Moon
Fri Dec 18, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 71
Views: 9073

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. ...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Dec 18, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550111

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

In the meantime, remember . . . TITLES ARE IMPORTANT. Do you know what Margaret Mitchell's original title to GONE WITH THE WIND was? Tomorrow is Another Day. And then she changed it to <cough> a better one! TOTE THE WEARY LOAD. And then she read a poem by Ernest Dawson. "I have forgot much, Cyn...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Dec 18, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550111

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

Thanks for the reply. Which ones are they doing now? Or does it matter to an observer? Hi, Louis. So sorry about the trouble getting into the Forum. John Goodwin let me know the glitch happened, and that he just admitted many new members that were in limbo. We're glad to have you aboard. As for thi...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Dec 18, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550111

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

Thank you, Beastmaster Moon! The Heart's Desire has been extremely helpful for me in focusing my stories. So glad to have helped, Crystal. It's the Secret to crafting powerful stories that a reader, and judge, won't forget. Because you touched their heart. Much success to your Q1! Beastmaster Moon
by Wulf Moon
Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550111

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

I've finished the edits for the workshop members that qualified this quarter, but I'm still working on the many edits for my clients. Sorry I haven't finished up the "Muzik Man" Three Act Analysis. Soon! I do hope you'll read BlackInk's analysis over in the other thread for forum members t...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550111

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

For any that wish to know what KYD is, and the system of exercises that have spawned several WotF Finalist entries, you can learn it here: http://forum.writersofthefuture.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7600&start=960#p92258 Be sure when you do the 250-word portion, you follow the instructions, or y...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Writing reference book suggestions
Replies: 9
Views: 544

Re: Writing reference book suggestions

The Seven Point Plot in all its various forms taught today was codified by the first judge of this contest, Algis “AJ” Budrys. His little book, Writing to the Point, spelled it all out. He taught it to Dave and to hundreds of other writers, including myself. To paraphrase Sir Isaac Newton, “If any o...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3023
Views: 704234

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome aboard, JCunningham! I’m glad you found us, even if you did have to squirm down some rabbit holes. Glad you enjoyed “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler,” and that it led you here. That was in first person, and the judges obviously liked it. Even though they have their preferen...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550111

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

Conratulations to Blackink and sorry I didn't catch that post! I wanted to say a public forum thank you to our fearless leader. My first ever HM (from 20+ years ago) was FINALLY accepted for publication after I KYD'd the sucker down to half its original length. It went to Enchanted Conversations an...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 71
Views: 9073

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Another day, another moment to finish what I was writing back to BlackInk. :) BlackInk wrote: "SUPER SECRET #4: Pick a major emotion and make your reader FEEL it down to their core! - p.2 http://forum.writersofthefuture.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7600&start=30#p88428 This emotion is shown ...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 71
Views: 9073

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

BlackInk! Wow! You did a super-duper review of the Super Secrets through the “Muzik Man” exercise. This story is in Deep Magic, Fall 2020, for any that might wish to read it first. Anyhow, I am truly impressed, BlackInk! You were able to plumb its depths, and there’s a lot of layers in this one. I’l...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Dec 05, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can't read can't write
Replies: 31
Views: 978

Re: Can't read can't write

I'm not a wine snob, that would be whisky, but I have ponied up in Napa Valley and elsewhere to do the private estate room tastings, and I've enjoyed some some rare Cabernets by splitting bottles with friends. If you only drink box wine, you will never understand why people are willing to pay over $...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3023
Views: 704234

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

As Pink Floyd said: "Is there anybody ... out there?"
by Wulf Moon
Thu Dec 03, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550111

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

6,300 VIEWS IN 24 HOURS! A NEW SUPER SECRETS RECORD! During the past couple of weeks, I've seen a huge uptick in views on the Super Secrets. Two, three, even four thousand views a day. This normally happens a few days before the end of a quarter, but now it's nonstop. And we've never hit 6,300 view...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550111

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

As we celebrate Brittany’s victory, I wish to tell you about another today. I know some were disappointed I didn’t do an open call on this workshop again this contest year. I am sorry. But it was wide open during enrollment period for the last two years for anyone in the Forum that wished to commit ...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550111

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

A quick note to all. Note what Brittany believes locked in this outcome on this story. Her opening. It’s why we spent almost two months on openings in Super Secrets. If you nail your opening, everything else follows. This is because you created a tight chute for the rest of the story to flow down. I...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550111

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

Super-duper congratulations, Brittany! WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU! You’ve got three finalists under your belt, so OF COURSE you deserve to be a published finalist! Glad they made room for one so deserving as you. You’ve been a stellar member of the Super Secrets Workshop and all my master classes. More ...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Dec 01, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 445
Views: 55562

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

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

Submitting elsewhere.

Keep writing. Keep submitting.


Sorry about that. May you find a good home for it.
by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550111

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

On page 2, the story also mentions other cultures such as the Archalons and the Cycanthlopans. The Archalons are another sect which spreads their version of worship. So they are the competition and their teachings cause problems for Muzik later on in the story. The Cycanthlopians enjoy and make mus...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550111

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

SPOILER ALERT: This is the conclusion to the assignment in SUPER SECRET #46: The Three-Act Structure. I sent workshop members on an Easter egg hunt to find all the hidden Super Secrets in my novelette “Muzik Man.” If you’d like to get the most from this exercise and don’t want the story spoiled--es...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550111

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

[This is part of Super Secret #46: The Three-Act Structure exercise, We used it to analyze use of the Super Secrets hidden in Wulf Moon's novelette "Muzik Man" in DEEP MAGIC, Fall 2020 . And now, back to our story.] In the Top Gun classroom, Jester kills the combat footage and flicks on th...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Fyrecon Master Class & Online Con Scholarships
Replies: 15
Views: 2423

Re: Fyrecon Master Class & Online Con Scholarships

Want to get the latest contest tips straight from the horse's mouth? Couldn't make it to Fyrecon this year (even though it was virtual)? That's okay, we've got you covered! The Writers of the Future panel was recorded! Mine some pure contest gold! https://www.facebook.com/fyrecon/videos/793347304562...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35613

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Alicia, thanks for sharing your results and the value of Superstars. It was wonderful to see you and many others from the Forum make it to that powerful writing conference, with, and without scholarships. I am happy the writing ring I set up for you guys continues on. You are a power group! One ring...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 71
Views: 9073

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Thanks for the feedback, Reuben! So. Much. To. Learn. This exercise example is fun, fast, and furious, Pezel. You've gotten good constructive comments from EagerInk and Reuben (great meeting you at Fyrecon and in my master class, EagerInk!). Once you tag in your first line through a speaker attribu...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3023
Views: 704234

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello! My pen name's R.J. El. Virgo sun/Scorpio ascendant/Aries moon/ENTJ I'm a high school student who loves to combine mythological elements with those of the modern occult, and I'm stoked to be a part of this competition. This is my first time participating in any writer's contests, and hopefull...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 44
Views: 5161

Re: Goals four V.38!

Pezel wrote:Here is my oath to submit a fresh story each quarter of V38. (Places butter knife to palm. Applies pressure. Decides blood oath is optional.)


Great goal, Pezel. Make it so! wotf009
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 71
Views: 9073

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

The above does ping-pong dialogue nicely, Don. The problem creates energy, and you don’t bog it down with speaker attributions. That’s because it’s always evident who is speaking. When it’s obvious, tags are superfluous. Just say no ... to unnecessary tags. Good job. To any reading, this is an excer...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 71
Views: 9073

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Thank you, Eager. Thank you Wulf. I followed the links to read the exercises in the Super Secrets thread. I really like the Lincoln Lawyer (and Bosch series by Michael Connelly and am running through The Fifth Witness (on Audible) to listen to the dialogue. This is an area I definitely need improve...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 71
Views: 9073

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

Interesting exercise. Good and useful critiques in this thread. I'll give it a go. A bit of dialogue from a short story I'm working on- “I lost my beautiful egg,” Thom moaned, brushing at the yoke running down his birthday coat. “Who are you and why, of all things, did you crack an egg over my head...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550111

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

Great work on the assignment so far! We are still awaiting a few more, due in by end of day this Tuesday. For any onlurkers, we are reviewing the Super Secrets through analysis of “Muzik Man” in Deep Magic, Fall 2020. If you don’t want the story spoiled for you, please read it first before reading t...

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