Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

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Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:48 am

This is the official thread for the 4 in 35! club.

Here is where we dedicate ourselves to getting four entries into volume 35.

The rules are thus: We support each other for Q1. Q1 is traditionally the thinnest quarter, which our guess has been because of the holidays and travels, etc. (Start now!) So, first order of business is to aim for Q1. Members will encourage, and optionally offer to critique both 450s and whole stories. The first one is the hardest, and most important for momentum for:

Q2. Can't break the streak, right?
If you need some brainstorming, or someone to bounce ideas off of, pick a member and send a PM. Or e-mail. Or just sound off. Q2 is just as important as Q1!

Q3. Over the hump, we are, yes... Now it's getting easier, right?
Q4. OK, so we've made it this far. Let's get that final story in!

Exception to the rule: You win or pro out. If this happens, you are exempt, but you are our champion! You win, by winning, and we shall salute you. But please feel free to stop by and encourage, because that's what we'll need.

So, who is with me?!
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby RSchibler » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:59 am

*tosses hat into ring*
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby vsutherland01 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:54 pm

I definitely want to submit to all four quarters!
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby disgruntledpeony » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:58 pm

I'm in! My weak spot seems to be Q2. It's the only quarter I've missed since I started, but I've missed it two years running.

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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby Rebecca Birch » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:50 pm

Bring it on! I'm in.
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby preston » Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:33 pm

I will submit.

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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby amoskalik » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:36 am

Let's do this!
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby rachelwrites » Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:12 am

I am here for this! Especially since sickness/poor time management is making me miss Q4. Q1 here we come!
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby KD Julicher » Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:14 am

I'm in.

I also wager that anyone who does this is going to see an improvement in their results. It'a hard to write consistently and not get better.
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby JVAshley » Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:28 pm

I've been missing in action but I'm ready to take the plunge again!
4 in 35! looks like the perfect place to start. wotf024

Now, I just have to decide if this older story that I planned to give the Quickie Edit and shove into Q4 V34 at the last minute would be better kept for Q1 V35 with a more thorough edit. wotf005

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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby storysinger » Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:13 am

It's been awhile since I submitted a story. I think committing to this endeavor is a splendid idea. wotf010

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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby AliciaCay » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:52 pm

I wanted to share some gratitude. Hope no one minds too much ;)

One of the many things this contest has done for me, is it keeps me writing. Every quarter since I started entering I have written and submitted a new story (2.5 years now), and from it I have also learned many new things. Things that have branched me off onto paths that help me learn and grow as a writer. I've always been a voracious reader, but now I read, read, read, and study all that writing in order to make my own stronger. I learned about critters (thank you Matt!) on the forum, and have started sharing my own work there and here, which has helped immensely. I feel the critiquing I do for others is in some ways more valuable than what I receive (although that's super valuable as well.) I sit at the feet of others who have gone before me, gleaning all I can from the nuggets of experience they drop. I am constantly exploring things other writers mention, new venues and paths (read rabbit holes) that led to me find duotrope and the submission grinder. Which then led me to begin refining and submiting the body of work I now have (because of all my WotF stories), Yay! And there is more, so much more, but those are stories for another time. In the end, should I pro out before I win, I still have the contest and this forum (so much this forum!) for moving me along my path. Writing brings me joy, and I have learned the journey is as valuable as the destination. For that I am eternally grateful.

Anyway, all that to say this. I'm in for all 4 in 35. I always was.

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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby Thomas Woodward » Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:14 pm

I'm in! 4 in 35! wotf008
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby katsincommand » Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:35 pm

Already eyeing my next two entries...
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby RSchibler » Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:57 am

katsincommand wrote:Already eyeing my next two entries...

Likewise. I had a brain flash last night for a setting, so now I have work in mind for Q1 and Q2. I’m not one of those people with hundreds of stories pouring out of my head, so this challenge will be really good for my creative juice maker.
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby MattDovey » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:51 am

AliciaCay wrote:I learned about critters (thank you Matt!)


My pleasure :) may it serve you as well as it served me! FWIW I completely agree that critiquing other people's work is far more useful than getting critiques on your own; the latter helps you fix *that* story, but the former helps you fix your craft. It forces you to think *why* you're reacting the way you are, and it seems like the insight sticks better from that angle than it does from being told the same problem exists in your own work. Seems like you gotta arrive at the lesson yourself rather than just being shown the way, sometimes.

I'm (obviously) not in here, but I applaud all of you that are. Like KD says, even if the submissions don't win through for you, you can't help but improve from such consistent effort :)
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby JVAshley » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:08 pm

I considered hedging my bet and not submitting my Q4 short story. I could continue editing it for 3 months and submit it for Q1 V35!!!

But I didn't. I hunkered down, polished it the best I could by midnight WotF time and hit SUBMIT. So, now I have to...you know...do the work a writer does, and begin anew for Q1.

Here We Go - "Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more."
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby Tamlyn » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:07 am

34 was the first time since I started editing I wasn't in for all four quarters.It doesn't seem to have helped me much on the improvement front :p

But I shall try to get my consistency back with 35!
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby thegirlintheglasses » Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:49 am

I'm in too! wotf024
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby kyro88 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:02 am

I'm in! Just submitted my first for Q4 and don't plan on stopping! My goal is to win this within 6 years! (at the lastest, of course...) And if I don't, well, I'll be 24 stories better at my craft!

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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby Wulf Moon » Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:21 pm

Thanks to Dustin for being a Champion and leading the push with his banner, this goal for all.

Right behind you, Dustin. CHARGE!

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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby Dustin Adams » Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:46 am

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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby Wulf Moon » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:53 am

Dustin Adams wrote:Image


Wow. He actually DOES have a banner. : )

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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby Dustin Adams » Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:50 am

T-Shirts coming soon. wotf019
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby reigheena » Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:33 pm

I did 4 in 33 and 4 in 34. Going to continue my streak! Good luck to all! wotf009
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby Wulf Moon » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:35 am

reigheena wrote:I did 4 in 33 and 4 in 34. Going to continue my streak! Good luck to all! wotf009


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Look at that, look at that
She likes to show off her physique
Look at that, look at that
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She'll be streakin' around
Invitin' public critique."

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Cheers!

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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby historythatneverwas » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:59 am

I managed to submit 3 for 34, so I'm in for 4 in 35!
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby Chris533 » Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:25 pm

Sounds good -- I've got one about ready for Q1, a good beginning for Q2, an decent idea for Q3, and if nothing better comes to mind I can finish reworking my HM for Q4.
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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby reigheena » Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:54 pm

Wulf Moon wrote:
reigheena wrote:I did 4 in 33 and 4 in 34. Going to continue my streak! Good luck to all! wotf009


"Oh, yes, they call her the Streak
Look at that, look at that
She likes to show off her physique
Look at that, look at that
If there's an audience to be found
She'll be streakin' around
Invitin' public critique."

Ethel, will YOU GET YOUR CLOTHES ON? wotf001

Cheers!

~Moon~


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Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Postby rachelwrites » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:32 am

I know it's early in the quarter, but would any of my fellow 4-in-35ers be interested in a critique swap? I have a 6000-word draft that has gone through some revision, and would love some general feedback before I obsess over polishing.
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