NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

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Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Postby Wulf Moon » Fri May 11, 2018 1:29 pm

Welcome Stan and Dylan (or Hey You). Much success to your writing, and in submitting to the contest. This is great place to get writing advice in general--many of us have sold stories to pro markets, and can offer good advice. On the question above about word count, it's not wise to enter 17K stories, as some judges have spoken openly against it, citing various reasons. Doesn't mean they can't win, just means it will be harder. There's a post on this on the WOTF website by a certain Canadian judge you may wish to read and take under advisement. And yes, Dave has called for humor, and if you can write it, have at it! Jon Ficke got his win with a funny office story in the current antho, check it out.

As to those saying fear holds them back from entering until the last Q, I'll give you a quote. "You have nothing to fear but fear itself." Stop that. : ) View the contest as a way to create four stories a year that you can market here and elsewhere, and that this is just the story's first stop on the submission train. REALLY important to develop that mentality, because you will also need it to become a professional writer. Which I assume is the reason everyone is here.

Fortune favor the brave!

~Moon~

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Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Postby DylCary » Fri May 11, 2018 2:31 pm

(From the Desk of Hey You)

Thank you, Moon!

I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated to start posting on here instead of just lurking, but everyone that's responded has been very friendly. It's fantastic.

I'm glad to know about the judges not liking stuff that's too long. My current project is at about 5K words and is already starting to wind down. I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out how I could make it *longer*, but now that seems like way less of a worry. Phew.

I'll quote right back at you! "I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain"...and hopefully a voicemail from Joni Labaqui telling congratulating me *grin*
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Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Postby Jason Mc » Mon May 14, 2018 7:03 am

Hello all! I haven't been on one of these forums in quite a while; not since I used to do some freelance art and writing on RPG.net. Anyhoo, my new friend Wulf Moon advised me to come by and join up. I actually submitted my first story to WoTF back in 2016 (don't recall the quarter), and it came in as a semifinalist. Since then, I have been primarily absorbed in novel writing, but I'm hoping to get back on track with the contest this or next quarter. In the meantime, I look forward to meeting some great folks, learning a great deal, and having some fun.
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Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Postby DylCary » Mon May 14, 2018 7:49 am

Hi, Jason. Nice to have you here with us!
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Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Postby Wulf Moon » Mon May 14, 2018 11:21 am

Jason Mc wrote:Hello all! I haven't been on one of these forums in quite a while; not since I used to do some freelance art and writing on RPG.net. Anyhoo, my new friend Wulf Moon advised me to come by and join up. I actually submitted my first story to WoTF back in 2016 (don't recall the quarter), and it came in as a semifinalist. Since then, I have been primarily absorbed in novel writing, but I'm hoping to get back on track with the contest this or next quarter. In the meantime, I look forward to meeting some great folks, learning a great deal, and having some fun.


Hey, Jason! Glad you made it! Your first entry was a semifinalist? DO YOU KNOW HOW COOL THAT IS??? Okay, it's cool. People here know how cool that is. Good on ya, and more to come! You've got two quarters left to turn something into a finalist! You can do this! WE MUST GET TO PRESTON IN L.A.!"

Read up in Q1, Vol 35, on Preston's experience. It's HISTORIC. Seriously, he was an urban myth that's come to life. You should read the Reject Rejctomancy topic as well, another great WOTF experience about never giving up, or, more accurately, about coming back after you've given up.

Welcome to the forum!

Fortune favor the brave,

~Moon~

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Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Postby Jason Mc » Mon May 14, 2018 12:28 pm

DylCary wrote:Hi, Jason. Nice to have you here with us!


Thanks, DylCary. I look forward to the adventure.
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Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Postby Jason Mc » Mon May 14, 2018 12:31 pm

Wulf Moon wrote:
Jason Mc wrote:Hello all! I haven't been on one of these forums in quite a while; not since I used to do some freelance art and writing on RPG.net. Anyhoo, my new friend Wulf Moon advised me to come by and join up. I actually submitted my first story to WoTF back in 2016 (don't recall the quarter), and it came in as a semifinalist. Since then, I have been primarily absorbed in novel writing, but I'm hoping to get back on track with the contest this or next quarter. In the meantime, I look forward to meeting some great folks, learning a great deal, and having some fun.


Hey, Jason! Glad you made it! Your first entry was a semifinalist? DO YOU KNOW HOW COOL THAT IS??? Okay, it's cool. People here know how cool that is. Good on ya, and more to come! You've got two quarters left to turn something into a finalist! You can do this! WE MUST GET TO PRESTON IN L.A.!"

Read up in Q1, Vol 35, on Preston's experience. It's HISTORIC. Seriously, he was an urban myth that's come to life. You should read the Reject Rejctomancy topic as well, another great WOTF experience about never giving up, or, more accurately, about coming back after you've given up.

Welcome to the forum!

Fortune favor the brave,

~Moon~


Thanks, Wulf. I'm on it!
JJM
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Author of weird tales, historical fantasy, and sword & sorcery.
https://www.facebook.com/ShadowCrusade/
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Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Postby kentagions » Mon May 14, 2018 1:21 pm

Welcome, new Forumites,

I'm always impressed by the broad range of experience represented.

Good luck to all.

Kent

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Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Postby Smittystavern » Fri May 18, 2018 7:20 pm

Hello to all the amazing writers out there! I’m a new writer who just had his first short story published in another anthology. I’ve finished up my second story, so here I am deciding whether or not I think I’m good enough to enter WotF. It’s scary as all get out!

That said, I really enjoy the feedback in this forum, and I’m happy to contribute.

I also have a question about profanity. My story is by no means laced with bad language, but it does contain a few. Most notably two instances of the dreaded F-bomb. I’ve thought about changing it, but frankly, the word choice is what I need for the scene to work. Will that get my work disqualified?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat May 19, 2018 9:55 am

Welcome aboard, Smitty! Congrats on your first sale! If you view this as just another market to send your stories to, it will be a lot easier. Don't self reject...you are not the judge, Dave is. He won't even know if it's you if he does reject it--this is a blind contest, so put your blinders on and go for it!

As for profanity, I had a story about mermaids, used no profanity, and Dave commented about the "breast imagery" as part of the reason he did not make it a finalist, even though he felt the level of world building alone was better than all the other stories he made finalist. You have to remember they are marketing to high schools as well, and anyone would hope to see their book in every school library, and that means getting past the librarians' code of morality and the pitch fork carrying parents! If I were you, and I'm not, I would come up with some other word. And that's a word to the wise. When you're rich and famous, then you can say whatever the hell you want. : )

Cheers,

~Moon~


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