Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Postby amoskalik » Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:27 am

Almost done with my first draft. I'm very excited about this story.
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Postby katsincommand » Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:45 pm

4 weeks left. Surely I can revise something in time... wotf019
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Postby kentagions » Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:18 am

I have one ready. It's humorous. But humor doesn't seem too well received. Everyone claims that it's very hard to write, but no one wins with humor. It's a funny thing.

Working on a Fantasy story that will take a couple of days to write. I'm still plotting it right now and will write it out this weekend. It will be filled with dread and foreboding and will make the reader cry over devastating losses that cripple the soul. Can I count my money now?
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Postby disgruntledpeony » Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:28 am

kentagions wrote:I have one ready. It's humorous. But humor doesn't seem too well received. Everyone claims that it's very hard to write, but no one wins with humor. It's a funny thing.

Working on a Fantasy story that will take a couple of days to write. I'm still plotting it right now and will write it out this weekend. It will be filled with dread and foreboding and will make the reader cry over devastating losses that cripple the soul. Can I count my money now?
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Postby storysinger » Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:48 am

I had tried to finish a humorous story for Q3 but another came into focus and took it's place. It's not far from being finished but I am apprehensive about entering it in the contest. Especially now that another one with magic is coming into focus. Still plenty of time to figure out what I want to do.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Postby Ishmael » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:09 am

Draft 4. I've had three very helpful beta readers (still waiting for an exchange to crit by the way) and in addition I have subjected the draft to a test or two for sluggish writing. I have never had a story so ready to go.

Why then have I not entered it already? Because I seem afflicted with the dread disease that golfers call the yips. Every time I draw back the club to putt the ball, a magical, impenetrable barrier springs up between it and the club head. Every time I read the story I have to tweak something. Aarghh!
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Postby emilymccosh » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:36 am

kentagions wrote:I have one ready. It's humorous. But humor doesn't seem too well received. Everyone claims that it's very hard to write, but no one wins with humor. It's a funny thing.

Working on a Fantasy story that will take a couple of days to write. I'm still plotting it right now and will write it out this weekend. It will be filled with dread and foreboding and will make the reader cry over devastating losses that cripple the soul. Can I count my money now?
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There was The God Whisperer in V31. That was humorous... wotf013
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Postby LaurieG » Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:05 pm

And Jim Hines won, I think first place, with his fantasy humor, "Blade of the Bunny".
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Postby LDWriter2 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:51 pm

As well as having my Q4 very within minutes of being done-not counting any editing that someone might help me with-I have an idea for Q1-34. I write a flash story very recently and decided that I liked the meme and that it would fit in with many of the stories of WotF. So taking the same basic idea but changing the setting and characters and what happens I could turn it into a full story. I know the opening-which I have started-but not the ending yet or how my MC changes even though I might have an idea about how he-she-it-hir changes.

I also will work on the basic plot even though I want some twists not a full cliche.
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Postby DoctorJest » Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:59 pm

I have two stories that are not yet finished, which I keep wanting to finish for WotF -- I keep ending up with alternative stories that I'm going with instead, but that's okay, I guess. The other two are both stories with a lot of potential, I've just not gotten them resolved yet.

There's actually a third I could add to that list, but it's been dormant for a while now.

This one, I finally managed to get an opening pinned down for -- I didn't like what I had up until this point, it felt like it wasted too much time on unimportant minutiae. The one I have now is half the length, more to the point, and actually expands on a key story theme earlier than I had previously -- so very much win-win-win there.
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Postby LDWriter2 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:06 pm

Hmm, mine will be done tomorrow-or later tonight. It looks like I will have to ask the nice lady who edited my story for last quarter to do this one. She gives some advice on writing while she is at it.
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Postby katsincommand » Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:57 pm

I'm novelling. Finally getting it to work after a long time switching "tracks" in my brain. Maybe I can try a longer piece this time and convince myself it's not really a short story? 27 days... eep!
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Postby DoctorJest » Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:04 pm

Novelling has been why I didn't get any entry into the last couple of quarters -- I'm determined to put one in this time though.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Postby Ishmael » Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:21 am

September 4th. Latest read-through only resulted in five tweaks or thereabouts. Perfect. Decided to submit while on a roll.

Many thanks to Michael, David and Lou. On the basis of your collective advice I ripped this to pieces and rebuilt it after it got a personal from CCF, (with whose opinion your comments coincided.) It is now a hugely-improved story and I really love it.

Now - do I need an early entry for Q1? Hmm. wotf011
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Postby Rebecca Birch » Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:09 pm

Trying to figure out if I can cut down my 48k first half of a novel into a functional story of just under 17k words. This may be . . . ill-advised. I know I write long, but, yeah. Danger, Will Robinson!

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Postby kentagions » Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:26 pm

Rebecca Birch wrote:
Trying to figure out if I can cut down my 48k first half of a novel into a functional story of just under 17k words.


I would identify the Intro, Point of No Return, Darkest Point, Climax and Conclusion. Then I would take a flamethrower to the inbetweeny parts that don't mean anything.

Odyssey=Guy gets in a boat, screws around for ten years, loses the entire crew, then goes home to his loving wife. See? Doesn't miss a thing.

Let me know if you need a hand.
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p.s. I can use inbetweeny and not offend anyone, right?

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Postby LaurieG » Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:42 pm

Rebecca Birch wrote:Trying to figure out if I can cut down my 48k first half of a novel into a functional story of just under 17k words. This may be . . . ill-advised. I know I write long, but, yeah. Danger, Will Robinson!

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That's what I did and got my first Finalist.
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Postby LDWriter2 » Sun Sep 04, 2016 7:45 pm

Ishmael wrote:September 4th. Latest read-through only resulted in five tweaks or thereabouts. Perfect. Decided to submit while on a roll.

Many thanks to Michael, David and Lou. On the basis of your collective advice I ripped this to pieces and rebuilt it after it got a personal from CCF, (with whose opinion your comments coincided.) It is now a hugely-improved story and I really love it.

Now - do I need an early entry for Q1? Hmm. wotf011



That sounds good, May David feel the same about it,
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Postby emilymccosh » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:17 pm

Rereading a bunch of DF's daily kicks. It's helping even though I know most of it already. My idea is going very very well, and I'm working on the workld conflict right now. Most of the rest is done...
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Postby emilymccosh » Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:53 pm

Start the story writing...now!
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Postby LDWriter2 » Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:10 pm

I can finish whatever changes I decide the story needs by Friday since it's only a couple of pages and it has been written already.

Now to have someone look it over, at least for the nitpicks
Working on turning Lead into Gold.

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Postby DavidK » Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:49 am

LDWriter2 wrote:I can finish whatever changes I decide the story needs by Friday since it's only a couple of pages and it has been written already.

Now to have someone look it over, at least for the nitpicks


LD ... I've been blessed with a HUGO nomination for editing and as a former long-term ASIM editor, slush reader and publisher (and obviously fore-most I'm a writer), I'm happy to offer my limited experiences and take a look. If you are interested then send it my way... otherwise, I'm sure (I KNOW so) there are many equally and AWESOME qualified WotF folk that will and can also take a look for you. I'm only interested in the first 30 lines or so, and the ending clump that satisfies the opening question/problem to comment. I always feel the muddle is in the lap of the gods (who reads that stuff anyway? Seriously?) wotf008
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Postby JVAshley » Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:35 am

LD ... I've been blessed with a HUGO nomination for editing and as a former long-term ASIM editor, slush reader and publisher (and obviously fore-most I'm a writer), I'm happy to offer my limited experiences


Sounds like more than "limited experience" dear sir! wotf009
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Postby OldDarth » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:35 am

2nd draft done. Time to do a out loud read through and a polish before sending it off to my beta readers.
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Postby LDWriter2 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:46 pm

DavidK wrote:
LDWriter2 wrote:I can finish whatever changes I decide the story needs by Friday since it's only a couple of pages and it has been written already.

Now to have someone look it over, at least for the nitpicks


LD ... I've been blessed with a HUGO nomination for editing and as a former long-term ASIM editor, slush reader and publisher (and obviously fore-most I'm a writer), I'm happy to offer my limited experiences and take a look. If you are interested then send it my way... otherwise, I'm sure (I KNOW so) there are many equally and AWESOME qualified WotF folk that will and can also take a look for you. I'm only interested in the first 30 lines or so, and the ending clump that satisfies the opening question/problem to comment. I always feel the muddle is in the lap of the gods (who reads that stuff anyway? Seriously?) wotf008



Thank you.

and I agree with JV wotf007

I will have it finished and spell checked by Saturday evening
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Postby disgruntledpeony » Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:28 pm

I keep procrastinating on my editing in order to brainstorm for the next quarter and/or a novel I want to write. Prooooobably not the wisest thing to do. wotf004 *gets to work!* wotf042
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Postby DoctorJest » Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:30 am

...and I'm in. I no longer have any idea if this story is good or not -- I've gotten completely blind to it by this point. I know I liked it when I first started. But at least I made it into this quarter this time! Now I can turn my attention to other things for a while.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Postby Ember » Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:19 pm

I have other stories I could submit, but I'm thinking about tweaking my 2nd quarter R. I really believe in the story, I think maybe it just didn't have a strong enough hook.

Am I crazy?
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Postby amoskalik » Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:57 am

Ember wrote:I have other stories I could submit, but I'm thinking about tweaking my 2nd quarter R. I really believe in the story, I think maybe it just didn't have a strong enough hook.

Am I crazy?


If your beta readers really like it to, then why not? If it was an early round R then Dave only read the first page or two, so a stronger hook and he's off to the races this time around.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Postby Imagination Vortex » Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:06 am

I had been stuck on my Q4 story for months, but now that I know the fate of my Q3, it's ignited some kind of writing fire in me. And now realizing there's only 2 weeks left, the pressure seems to have erased my writers block. I think I may just finish in time!
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