Something NEW This Way Comes!

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Something NEW This Way Comes!

Postby Wulf Moon » Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:14 pm

I posted a picture on Facebook today of a wide angle view of the banquet hall and stage as I gave my acceptance speech at the WotF 35 gala. Here's the post that followed:

For me, this picture never gets old. After 25 years of trying, I had made it to the Writers of the Future stage with my story "Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler." I wrote that story in 36 hours, 5,000 of those words on the last day of the contest year. As I pushed submit on their portal at 11:56 pm, I knew I had written my winner and began composing my acceptance speech. It might sound odd, but the feeling I had about this story was so strong, it was as if I could see the future.

And now, here I am, back home on the Olympic Peninsula. Gregory Benford isn't around to hand me awards. No crowds are cheering me on as I tell my story. Hundreds of people are no longer lined up to get my autograph and say "Well done." After having so much energy pushed into our writing sails, one could easily feel shock as that wind dies down. We could let the wind spill out, lose all momentum, even ... enter the doldrums.

How do you continue to keep your writing career under close-hauled trim? How do you maintain that forward momentum? I can't answer for others, only myself. But I can tell you my own story, which might just inspire you if you're feeling a wee bit in the doldrums. Stay tuned! Something new is debuting at Writers of the Future!
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Q4 Vol 35 "Super-Duper Moongirl..."
Critters Readers' Choice Award: First Place, "War Dog," Best SF&F Short Story of 2018
Award's Speech: https://youtu.be/9Vf1eeeKPRA Located at 1:09:00

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Re: Something NEW This Way Comes!

Postby Henckel » Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:49 pm

Can't wait!

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Re: Something NEW This Way Comes!

Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:32 am

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Re: Something NEW This Way Comes!

Postby storysinger » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:29 pm

wotf010 Sounds interesting.
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Re: Something NEW This Way Comes!

Postby Wulf Moon » Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:01 pm

Have you been enjoying the Writers of the Future podcasts? They are now easily viewed from the Writers of the Future homepage. BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! You may not know that each of us had studio-styled video interviews in Hollywood as well! Author Services' Emily Jones turned up the lights and sweated the truth out of us! Would you like to see the kickoff of the Writers of the Future Hollywood Interviews? Perhaps learn a few secrets to winning you will hear nowhere else? Then go to writersofthefuture.com and click on the main topic BLOG and read my debut article: "HERE BE DRAGONS!"

Here's the link, if ye dare enter these uncharted waters...

https://www.writersofthefuture.com/here-be-dragons/
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Q4 Vol 35 "Super-Duper Moongirl..."
Critters Readers' Choice Award: First Place, "War Dog," Best SF&F Short Story of 2018
Award's Speech: https://youtu.be/9Vf1eeeKPRA Located at 1:09:00

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Re: Something NEW This Way Comes!

Postby Dustin Adams » Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:54 am

Awesome! Read every word of your story. Er, your story's story, that is. I'll watch the interview soon with my headset. Thanks for sharing your personal history. Sounds like an uphill battle... I'd like to ask how you continued to imagine during all the down times. I hit a little speed bump and I'm out of the game. Big speed bump, forget it. I feel like, without serenity, I'm blocked.

So, any tips on blocking out the noise of life and getting butt in chair anyway? (Besides the every quarter goal)
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Re: Something NEW This Way Comes!

Postby Retropianoplayer » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:11 pm

I just read HERE BE DRAGONS, Wulf.

A moving and touching story. I don't know many people who could have dealt with your family health issues, and not physically and mentally collapsed.

Even fewer people who have reached your position and stature in life after facing down the genesis you had in early childhood development.

I sincerely hope your wife has recovered and is doing well.

I sincerely hope your novel gets not only represented, but picked up by an acquisitions editor.

Your story is amazing.

All the best,

Barry

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Re: Something NEW This Way Comes!

Postby Wulf Moon » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:17 pm

Dustin Adams wrote:Awesome! Read every word of your story. Er, your story's story, that is. I'll watch the interview soon with my headset. Thanks for sharing your personal history. Sounds like an uphill battle... I'd like to ask how you continued to imagine during all the down times. I hit a little speed bump and I'm out of the game. Big speed bump, forget it. I feel like, without serenity, I'm blocked.

So, any tips on blocking out the noise of life and getting butt in chair anyway? (Besides the every quarter goal)


Hey, Dustin. Trust me, I hear you. And I've owned many businesses, and if you have people working for you, unless you have a brilliant manager you can hand the day to day stuff to that's supremely honest, you're going to have a hard time. A successful business will require lifeblood to keep it thriving. Usually, yours. And I do believe you're running two business, plus a hobby business. You've got a tough nut to crack for writing full time.

So, you write part time. You write with whatever time you can find. You carve out moments and you keep working with your personal and business life to find ways to get more. Ultimately, to become a professional writer, you're going to need to write full time. John Goodwin told me that secret. It's mind-blowing. How do you accomplish that when you're the breadwinner for your family? Pretty tough, so you do your best, and here is the secret, and I said it in my HERE BE DRAGONS article:

"I decided then...I would find a realistic goal for my writing I could achieve within my circumstances."

There's the key. Work within your circumstances. And keep working to simplify your life so your circumstances get better. This world, especially the business world, likes to complicate our lives. You, on the other hand, have to simplify, so you can find more time to do your heart's desire--writing. To become a professional writer, you have to write A LOT. That means finding more time.

Buy the latest EAT THAT FROG book. Study it and apply it and study it some more and apply it some more. If you can't make more time, you can make the time you have count.

So there's my point on time that can help. But what if you actually are up to your eyeballs in sea serpents and they are snapping at your jugular? You can't ignore those dragons, because they'll gobble you whole if you do. Beat them back best you can, and if one of your blows stuns them, gather up your energy in the lull and divide it between fighting them and grabbing the rudder and getting your ship back on course. Yeah, they're going to jump you again. But you're still inching toward your goal. And if you can't defeat them--chronic health problems are like that, and so are giant organizations like the SEC--you can stand your ground and fight to the bitter end. Maybe you'll tire them out and they'll slink back to the sea, or maybe you'll build up your coping skills like muscles and eventually, the battle won't seem as bad. You'll have more mental energy to divert to your writing.

It's not easy when you are in the midst of real life battles. Do what you can, and don't bemoan what you cannot. That's my advice. If you've got too many dragons to write a fresh story, dust off an oldy goldy. If you absolutely have no energy to write, read your favorite novel. It's still engaging your mind with word and plot structure.

If you can, try to--like in WHAT ABOUT BOB--take a vacation from your problems. Duck into a quiet little harbor even if it's for a day or two, just to refresh yourself. You'll be rested up and stronger when you go back out to sea, and you might even see new ways to defeat that dragon that you couldn't see when you were in the thick of it.

I hope that helps. Find what you can do within your circumstances ...and do that.

All the beast!

Wulf Moon
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Q4 Vol 35 "Super-Duper Moongirl..."
Critters Readers' Choice Award: First Place, "War Dog," Best SF&F Short Story of 2018
Award's Speech: https://youtu.be/9Vf1eeeKPRA Located at 1:09:00

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Re: Something NEW This Way Comes!

Postby Wulf Moon » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:21 pm

Retropianoplayer wrote:I just read HERE BE DRAGONS, Wulf.

A moving and touching story. I don't know many people who could have dealt with your family health issues, and not physically and mentally collapsed.

Even fewer people who have reached your position and stature in life after facing down the genesis you had in early childhood development.

I sincerely hope your wife has recovered and is doing well.

I sincerely hope your novel gets not only represented, but picked up by an acquisitions editor.

Your story is amazing.

All the best,

Barry


Thank you, Barry. Your words are most kind. And my wife is doing better, but it was very scary for many years. And this wasn't her first trip down that path.

You work within your circumstances, and if you find a lull in the storm where you've got a moment before getting battered again, you check your charts and compass and reset your course. Over and over, if you have to.

Never give up.

All the beast,

Wulf Moon
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Q4 Vol 35 "Super-Duper Moongirl..."
Critters Readers' Choice Award: First Place, "War Dog," Best SF&F Short Story of 2018
Award's Speech: https://youtu.be/9Vf1eeeKPRA Located at 1:09:00

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Re: Something NEW This Way Comes!

Postby Wulf Moon » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:39 am

Dustin Adams wrote:Awesome! Read every word of your story. Er, your story's story, that is. I'll watch the interview soon with my headset. Thanks for sharing your personal history. Sounds like an uphill battle... I'd like to ask how you continued to imagine during all the down times. I hit a little speed bump and I'm out of the game. Big speed bump, forget it. I feel like, without serenity, I'm blocked.

So, any tips on blocking out the noise of life and getting butt in chair anyway? (Besides the every quarter goal)


Oh, Dustin, forgot to say thanks and glad you enjoyed "HERE BE DRAGONS" on the Writers of the Future Blog.

I found Dave's tips on overcoming writer's block similar to my suggestions I offered some days back to your question. I hope you read Dave's tips yesterday. Here's some parallel thoughts that he wrote:

"Of course, that money doesn’t just come from writing. I have a number of friends who wanted to be writers when they were young, but they took jobs that paid well in order to support their families. Those high-paying jobs led to careers and stability, and after many years they look back and say, “Wow, I let my dream slip away.”

So what do you do? Set a goal to chase your dream. Visualize what you really want. Tell yourself, “This is my dream, and I’m going to make it come true, even if it means that I can only take an hour a day for my writing.”

Then write every day for two weeks, and use your enthusiasm to motivate you until writing becomes a habit. It’s like exercise. At the end of that two weeks, writing will have a part of your routine, and you will notice that you don’t feel satisfied if you don’t get some writing done on a given day.

4) You’ve got too much stress in your life. You may be worrying about family issues, or finances, or job-related issues, and suddenly you find that the added “stress” of writing just feels like too much.

If that happens, de-stress. Sometimes you may need to put other things before your writing, but usually you can de-stress while writing.

Just tell yourself, “I’m going to write for an hour or two. I don’t have to do it well. After all, it’s just a draft of my novel, and no one will see it anyway, because I won’t show it...."

I hope that helps!

~Moon~
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Q4 Vol 35 "Super-Duper Moongirl..."
Critters Readers' Choice Award: First Place, "War Dog," Best SF&F Short Story of 2018
Award's Speech: https://youtu.be/9Vf1eeeKPRA Located at 1:09:00


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