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by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

So, Henkel said grats, but didn't offer his final placement... I believe there's a girl in glasses we're also waiting to hear from... Sorry, I'm still getting over my emotional blow. I didnt win. I'm finalist. Nothing more Christopher, it’s not “nothing more.” It’s everything! You just got validati...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Commiserations but mostly congratulations to our Q4 finalists here (mentioned in the Super Secrets thread, Dustin). It must be hard to get so close, but it proves you've got what it takes to win. wotf008 I just realised from my signature that I received four Rs before my first HM and four HMs befor...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3023
Views: 704260

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi All, I don't have a critique group or any contact with other writers, so this is a good place to start - so many passionate people writing in the genres I love! Dom Welcome aboard, Dom! This is the best place to start! Everyone here is working at improving their craft and supporting one another....
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3023
Views: 704260

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, Pezel! If you got 2 HMs in the past, you can do it again! It's just like riding a bicycle, you get back on and it all comes back to you.

Enjoy the support and knowledge shared. There is much here to help you on your quest.

Cheers!

Wulf Moon
Forum Moderator
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550150

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

So, I just got the call back from Joni. Unfortunately, I didn't win. But you know what, I'm okay with that because (1) I'm pretty darn happy to have made Finalist and (2) I'm going to nail it next quarter. ..feeling determined... wotf011 Top 8 in the world. It's disappointing not to get the ultimat...
by Wulf Moon
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

A belated congrats to all for the incredible showings here. So many HM, Silvers, Semi's and Finalists. And of course, "R" is for "Righteous as these are the subs that take the greatest courage of all. Go Forumites, go! (I am pleased to report I was one of the Finalists this quarter, ...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Fyrecon Master Class & Online Con Scholarships
Replies: 15
Views: 2425

Re: Fyrecon Master Class & Online Con Scholarships

Fyrecon Online Convention starts tomorrow, Nov. 12, 2020 and goes through Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Lots of great panels and classes, and we'll be doing a panel with Joni and Dave on Writers of the Future! Got questions? Get answers from the horse's mouth! I'm doing a special gift to our Forumites to...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 71
Views: 9077

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

BTW, Dave's latest newsletter is on openings. Show's you how important it is. He explains both why he stops, and why he will read on. My favorite line was this: "But the single most effective way to promise a powerful experience is to write an opening that in itself creates an emotional impact....
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets
Replies: 71
Views: 9077

Re: Experimenting with Exercises from Wulf's Super Secrets

This topic has been silent for a while. Just wanted to mention a solid podcast that encapsulates Wulf's recent post, plus adds some really interesting stuff about the Hollywood formula: https://writingexcuses.com/2011/10/02/writing-excuses-6-18-hollywood-formula/ Thanks, I'll check it out. And I wo...
by Wulf Moon
Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550150

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

You know your Super Secrets, GlibWizard! You weren't kidding when you said you studied the Super Secrets to help you make Finalist in Vol. 37, Q3! This is a masterful review, and shows you understand story structure and craft. I especially enjoyed your hyperlinks, something you thought up on your ow...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550150

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

SUPER SECRET #46: The Three-Act Structure Copyright 2020 by Wulf Moon. All Rights Reserved. Aristotle. We know him as a famous Greek philosopher, but just like us, he enjoyed a good flick. In fact, you can discern from his writings that he did his good share of binge watching. If Aristotle got GoT,...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Reposting my commendation on Volume 37 Q4 results because WotF made a nice comment on it. Read down to the bottom to see it. May it inspire if you've been at this awhile. I was at it for twenty-five years; I know how it can feel at times. Cheers! THIS IS THE GREATEST SET OF RESULTS I'VE EVER SEEN IN...
by Wulf Moon
Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

RabenWrites wrote: Any other advice as to how best polish a story that's already on the edge of one's skill set? Silver is great and shouldn't take much. You may want to read through with certain aspects of writing in mind. Sensory pass: In each scene - pick from the five (or six, etc.) senses that...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550150

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

THE SUPER SECRETS PHENOMENON This Super Secrets Workshop has done the miraculous. We have around twenty active members. That's a writing group. I’ve been in some famous writing groups. One was this same size, and every member that qualified entered WotF. We might get a winner every three to five ye...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Just look at all of these Silver HMs this Q! I count thirteen! This is normally top 50ish in the world. This quarter had so many great stories, it will probably mean top 100 in the world, and it is absolutely FANTASTIC to see so many in one group. Here's the ones I counted: Eagerink I was just a re...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 3023
Views: 704260

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome aboard, Myra! Glad you found us! All that writing counts! That's hundreds of thousands of words over twelve years. Nice! No wonder you got an HM for your first try. HM means you wrote a good story that got sent to Dave by the first reader. He gave you an HM because your writing shows promise...
by Wulf Moon
Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Okay, I think all results are in now that we can talk about, so let me say this... THIS IS THE GREATEST SET OF RESULTS I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY MANY YEARS IN THE FORUM! CONGRATULATIONS, FORUMITES!!! First, if you didn't place this Q and see all these wonderful results, don't feel bad. The Forum scoops u...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I feel like this 4th quarter had a lack of entrants or something. The judging was quick, and I submitted a previous HM that I did a slight edit on and got me this SHM. Any thought? I heard from Joni that they judge Q4 quickly because they are on deadline for getting the anthology into print. After ...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Reuben wrote:They sent out the winners already? According to The Grinder there's one acceptance.


Zero chance that’s correct. That’s a false report. I know.

Wulf Moon
Forum Moderator
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Congrats to everyone who participated! I'm so glad to be a part of this. I got a SHM! I've never entered the contest before, so I had no idea what to expect. This is amazing! That’s incredible, IStanhope! Top 50 or so in the world with your first try in the biggest aspiring writer contest in the wo...
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

chuckt wrote:I am so proud of you forumites! Look at all the HMs, SHMs and SFs! Wow!!!

Special shout-out to Liz, Becky, and Dustin.


I second that motion! This was an amazing show of force! Well done, everyone! wotf009
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

chuckt wrote:Honorable Mention

I certainly wasn't expecting to wake up to results this morning.


Heh. I told you guys! Does his Rodney Dangerfield impression. “I get no respect.” wotf001
by Wulf Moon
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550150

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

I got a SHM again! This was a revision of my previous SHM, but I did some deep changes to the story before resubmitting, including changing the opening, clarifying the heart's desire, changing the climax, and adding two whole scenes. My revised version was actually double the length of the original...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 03, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Michael Kingswood wrote:Oh snap!!

Was watching election returns and just got this notice

wotf057 wotf057 wotf057

Woohoo! Best I've done in the contest so far. :) Congrats to everyone who entered, and who placed in one way or another.


Congratulations, Michael! One ring from the bullseye! Nice!
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 03, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

crlisle wrote:wotf056 I got a Silver HM!
Thank you Wulf Moon and Martin L. Shoemaker for all your help!


You’re welcome, Candice. You did the work and studied hard. It’s why you’ve made amazing progress! Congratulations!
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 03, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Beth Powers wrote:wotf056

After many years and many HMs, I got my first Silver Honorable Mention! I'm pretty excited about this one!


Super-duper happy for you, Beth! I know you worked for that one. One ring closer to the bullseye now! Congrats!
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 03, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550150

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

Top Gun members, do post your results here as you get them!
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 03, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Henckel wrote:Best of luck everyone.

...who needs presidential election results when WOTF results are coming?


You said it, Christopher! Best of success to all that submitted!
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 03, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRETS Workshop & Challenge!
Replies: 3658
Views: 550150

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

Thank you, Wulf! All excellent advice. wotf009 Lastly, I completely agree with your comments about having a likable MC with redeemable qualifies. I read a fantastic story recently where the author nailed this in the first two paragraphs. The MC accidently stood on some flowers and then stepped back...
by Wulf Moon
Tue Nov 03, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 336
Views: 35623

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Dragonchef wrote:* automates refresh on email to cycle at 10 second intervals *
* changes refresh for 5 second intervals *


Well, it’s always take phone off call forward, watch for unidentified calls first. THEN come the emails. wotf007

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