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by czing
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4225

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I wonder how "rough" the roughest story that has ever won the contest was. I mean in terms of the finer points of editing and polishing. Asking this for a friend*



* You guessed it, I'm the friend.
by czing
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Month of Writing Exercises
Replies: 15
Views: 643

Re: A Month of Writing Exercises

Ha I just reopened my computer after doing a bit of soup making and saw the title for this thread and my brain read "A Month of Writing Excuses". That seems spot on for me :(. But I do love that pod cast so maybe it is a sign I need to go listen to one so I can get motivated.
by czing
Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Month of Writing Exercises
Replies: 15
Views: 643

Re: A Month of Writing Exercises

That sounds like some great progress. Despite my many desires to do something so far this month has been a slog. I know I need to just kick myself into gear and do something - may swing in to do one or two of these to see if they can get things going. I remember there was an exercise in one writing ...
by czing
Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 25692

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I feel like I must be some kind of grinch. I don't even ask for the certificates (maybe if I make finalist or semi I will, definitely if I win :) ). But any certificates I've earned (Masters, Bachelors, Diploma, Certificate) are all sitting in a box mostly still in their envelopes or tubes unless th...
by czing
Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 48
Views: 1306

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

And I am forgiving myself because I am already pretty convinced I am going to be going on two week cycles instead of one week ones. I'm in a pretty new job and feeling a lot of fatigue so I'm pretty regularly feeling too exhausted to write or edit. So I know I need to leave myself a bit more breathi...
by czing
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 48
Views: 1306

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Wow GlibWizard I love that! The interesting ways humans find to make things work and in particular to make the writing/editing process work is wonderful. Thanks for sharing. I technically am also alternating but whoo doggy am I having a hard time really going on anything right now (either editing or...
by czing
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4132
Views: 922998

Re: Success!

Congrats on the sale!
by czing
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 48
Views: 1306

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Of course - it's never too late to join in. That is interesting that you find yourself on the lean side for long formats and the long side on short ones. Always interesting to experiment with different goals whether word count or whatever - can reveal a lot in the learning process. Glibwizard - I am...
by czing
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 48
Views: 1306

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Fulfilled my goal of finishing the new ending yesterday (not typed yet but written out in my notebook). Today I went through my critiques and jotted down notes about what I need to do in my revisions next week (letting them percolate for the day). So I think today is going to feature some planning f...
by czing
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 48
Views: 1306

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

That sounds like a solid strategy - to work based on a time spent goal. Looking forward to hearing how your writing goes as you wrangle the child infestation! I wish I could answer your last question with a bit more cheer but alas I have been caught in the writing doldrums. I've got some critiques w...
by czing
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4225

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

SwiftPotato - I hear that last sentence especially loud and clear. I think the thing I expect and don't look forward to is when I settle in and think I've found a good reliable process and then for some other project something else will be needed/work better and then I'll go through the whole issue ...
by czing
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A Month of Writing Exercises
Replies: 15
Views: 643

Re: A Month of Writing Exercises

Wow that is a full month. Not sure I will do one every day but maybe I should shoot for that at least instead of aiming low :). Thanks for sharing your plan. I'm really looking forward to this.
by czing
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4225

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Storysinger, that is fantastic! I've sometimes found rhythm is the reason I haven't moved to more planning. The couple things I've planned I find myself stumbling when the story seems to want to go a different direction than the plan. Of course I know I can diverge from the plan in that moment but I...
by czing
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4225

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

storysinger wrote:I'm going to try using an outline for the story idea that came to me this morning. Something new for me, I usually like to follow the story wherever it takes me.


Always fun to take a new path and flex your skills in a different way. Hope it goes great for you :)
by czing
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4225

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Just about to start re-writing the last scene of my story I've been working on the last little while. Still not sure if it will be my Q1 or if one of my other stories will be. But got a great idea for how to add some spice to the last scene that wasn't there on the first draft. Although I do wonder ...
by czing
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4225

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I'd love to get a discussion going. I found discussing exercises with others helps me to see things about the writing process I didn't realize. Most of the exercises I've found are online, so that would help anyone who wanted to join. I can start a new topic once I've chosen all the ones I want to ...
by czing
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 48
Views: 1306

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Nice option. Although I wonder now that I think on it a bit more whether it makes sense to constrain yourself by saying you need to write stories of a certain length (especially in the drafting phase). Some stories just don't need as much length as others - and forcing them longer is probably just a...
by czing
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 48
Views: 1306

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

That sounds like a great and reasonable goal!

I tend to write a lot of short fiction that is less than 2K words (either that or over 5K). Maybe I'll adjust my goal as I move through the year to challenge myself on different story lengths.
by czing
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4225

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I had wanted to do a little group discussion around doing writing exercises at one point but it didn't seem there was interest in it. If you're interested in post exercise discussion I'd be game to do the same exercise (at least the ones in Steering the craft because I have that book) and then maybe...
by czing
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 48
Views: 1306

Re: V37 Alternator Challenge

Sounds great and Welcome Michael. I will point out that my own routine on this will probably never see me revising/finishing a story I wrote the previous week. I always need to give them time to rest first! Good thing I have a collection of stories just waiting for me to finish revising them to pick...
by czing
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4225

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

It's not necessarily talking oneself down--having an awareness of one's capabilities is a good thing. I can't write a first draft that doesn't need work, and I know this based on both personal experience and peer review. wotf019 The thing is, there's nothing wrong with that, because that's what edi...
by czing
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2746
Views: 538533

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome RJK. You said just the right amount :) Glad you are back up after a difficult 2018.

I'm trying to decide about Nano this year too - so I can commiserate on the difficulty of deciding :)
by czing
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Q4 Story Critique Exchange?
Replies: 9
Views: 609

Re: Q4 Story Critique Exchange?

This is a great idea....I am already jonesing for critiques by other writers, as this is my last semester that I particpate in creative writing classes at University....I will miss getting feedback every other week! There's a site called Critique Circle that I've found pretty helpful. The crits var...
by czing
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: V37 Alternator Challenge
Replies: 48
Views: 1306

V37 Alternator Challenge

Hi all, I know I'm pretty newbie here and so who knows if anyone would be interested in participating in this. But I was rambling in another thread and came up with an idea that balances my desire to write new stuff and my need to improve my revision abilities in particular my ability to "finis...
by czing
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4225

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

At a writing marathon today and so I've gotten some good solid progress on my story. It's actually looking like it might end up in novelette length territory. Thankfully that is within the boundaries of the contest :) just in case I decide to aim for submitting it to the contest. And well done on th...
by czing
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4225

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I don't know if the story I'm working on right now will be a contest entry but boy it is flowing really nicely and I have a very solid idea of where it is headed and I love it and I hate it (I do tend to be too easy on my characters but I'm about to put this one through some stuff that won't be so n...
by czing
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 25692

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Congrats on the SHM Kent and StarReacher
by czing
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2746
Views: 538533

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome Nicole! I've dodged into new territory a couple times lately too - fun isn't it. Hope you are enjoying that sci-fi noir! And of course good luck on the contest.
by czing
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4225

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Good luck on those market submissions folks :). I just submitted my Q3 HM to a Canadian professional market and a revised version of my Q1 HM to a fourth market (It got those personalized rejections from F&Sf and BCS and one form rejection elsewhere). I think I've made a few good adjustments to ...
by czing
Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 25692

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Feel pretty good about the HM I just got. Right after I submitted it I was just hoping I'd manage at least an HM. Then I had a stupid dream that it won LOL and that got my hopes up so it took me a while this morning to feel okay with the HM. Gonna send it on out to some other markets and see if I ca...

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