NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

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Postby WriterGirl0426 » Thu May 23, 2019 12:23 pm

KD Lightle wrote:Nice to meet you too! Let's do it! Write to Win!

See you at the finish line!

-Kim


Deal!!!
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Postby einstein36 » Tue May 28, 2019 8:56 am

It was pretty cool...He was a very laid back, soft spoken person....it was very nice to meet him....

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Postby Lytspeed » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:03 am

Hey, everyone. I've been a member here since August of last year, but haven't utilized the account until now. My friend Wulf Moon suggested I check out his Super Secret tips, and I'll be working through those as time permits.

A little about me ... I'm a Colorado writer and musician and a fan of WotF since Volume I. (I have all of them on my shelf at home.) I'm an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association and have published several poems, three short stories, and numerous non-fiction articles in now-defunct computer magazines. I've attended the FutureScapes writing workshop and will be attending Superstars in 2020. I was also a long-time participant in ongoing writing workshops with Melanie Tem and Ed Bryant before they passed.

I've only entered WotF once, in 2009, and received an Honorable Mention for that story, along with some words of encouragement from the late K.D. Wentworth. (If Moon has anything to say about it, I'll be entering more often in the future. ;-) )

I'm looking forward to feeling the spark ignite again.
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Postby storysinger » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:29 am

Welcome Stace, and good luck with everything.
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Postby Wulf Moon » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:59 am

WELCOME, STACE! Good to see you here! And HM means RESPECT in this domain. As Kevin J. Anderson once told me, "Getting an honorable mention is a big deal from Writers of the Future. It actually means something. They don't give those things out lightly."

Stace and I were Facebook friends, and I had this crazy idea of hosting a filking event at Superstars Writing Seminar this past February. Stace agreed, and we met for the first time there, did a quick rehearsal and sang for the night. He's a great singer, songwriter, guitarist, writer, poet, human being...have I missed something? Anyway, glad to have you on the boards, Stace. And if you want to hear us sing together, there's another Superstars Seminar next year. Outside of the WotF workshop, it's the best you'll ever attend. Eric Flint said the same when he spoke at our workshop. Check out the Superstars website. If you can find a way, you won't be disappointed. David Farland also teaches there. So does Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta. And many more. Message me if you would like a discount code. It really is a way to level up in your knowledge, and also to network with other professionals. You'll meet great people there. Like Stace!

Enjoy the Forum, Stace!
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Postby storysinger » Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:22 am

Wulf Moon wrote:Stace and I were Facebook friends, and I had this crazy idea of hosting a filking event


I was unaware of the meaning of filk so I had to google it. I had no idea I've been a filker for years. wotf019
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Postby Lytspeed » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:19 am

LOL! Yeah, when I organized a filk session at FutureScapes, I had to define it for people so they knew it wasn't something nasty. :-D
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Postby CCrawford » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:09 am

Hi! I've been lurking in the forum for a few weeks but haven't posted before. I've been writing a long time but only taking it "seriously" for a few years now. I'm a homeschooling mom of 3 (with a 4th on the way) and I also teach at/direct a part-time class program for homeschooling families, so it's been a struggle to write consistently but I've finally managed to just do it and make it part of my life, which feels so good!

I've entered WoTF only 3 times so far... Q4 v. 35 (HM), Q1 v. 36 (R), and I have one in for Q2 now. Trying to work on one for Q3 but having tons of trouble! I've started like 2-3 different stories only to feel like they just weren't going in the direction I wanted. Anyway, hi! Glad to be here and actually posting instead of just silently lurking the forums. ;)

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Postby TimE » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:19 am

CCrawford wrote:Hi! I've been lurking in the forum for a few weeks but haven't posted before. I've been writing a long time but only taking it "seriously" for a few years now. I'm a homeschooling mom of 3 (with a 4th on the way) and I also teach at/direct a part-time class program for homeschooling families, so it's been a struggle to write consistently but I've finally managed to just do it and make it part of my life, which feels so good!

I've entered WoTF only 3 times so far... Q4 v. 35 (HM), Q1 v. 36 (R), and I have one in for Q2 now. Trying to work on one for Q3 but having tons of trouble! I've started like 2-3 different stories only to feel like they just weren't going in the direction I wanted. Anyway, hi! Glad to be here and actually posting instead of just silently lurking the forums. ;)


Welcome.
I lurked for ages before I posted. And I'm struggling with my Q3 having set one story aside already.

HM first time out is impressive. You've probably seen Wulf's tips, they're worth reading if you haven't. Keep writing. Good luck.
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Postby Wulf Moon » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:22 am

Welcome, CCrawford! Glad you have developed a writing habit. Keep writing fresh.

A man approached a busker on a New York City street corner. "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" he asked. The musician lowered his saxaphone. "Practice, man. Practice."

All the beast!

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Annual Critters Readers' Choice Award: First Place, "War Dog," Best SF&F Short Story of 2018
Gala Awards Ceremony Speech: https://youtu.be/9Vf1eeeKPRA Located at 1:09: 00

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Postby storysinger » Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:03 am

TimE wrote:HM first time out is impressive. You've probably seen Wulf's tips, they're worth reading if you haven't. Keep writing. Good luck.


Welcome to the forum CCrawford. You should definitely check out the daily threads. The power to hone your craft is available. wotf008
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Postby CCrawford » Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:09 pm

TimE wrote:
CCrawford wrote:Hi! I've been lurking in the forum for a few weeks but haven't posted before. I've been writing a long time but only taking it "seriously" for a few years now. I'm a homeschooling mom of 3 (with a 4th on the way) and I also teach at/direct a part-time class program for homeschooling families, so it's been a struggle to write consistently but I've finally managed to just do it and make it part of my life, which feels so good!

I've entered WoTF only 3 times so far... Q4 v. 35 (HM), Q1 v. 36 (R), and I have one in for Q2 now. Trying to work on one for Q3 but having tons of trouble! I've started like 2-3 different stories only to feel like they just weren't going in the direction I wanted. Anyway, hi! Glad to be here and actually posting instead of just silently lurking the forums. ;)


Welcome.
I lurked for ages before I posted. And I'm struggling with my Q3 having set one story aside already.

HM first time out is impressive. You've probably seen Wulf's tips, they're worth reading if you haven't. Keep writing. Good luck.


Thank you! I've read some of Wulf's tips but I'll go make sure I didn't miss any.

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Postby CCrawford » Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:10 pm

Wulf Moon wrote:Welcome, CCrawford! Glad you have developed a writing habit. Keep writing fresh.

A man approached a busker on a New York City street corner. "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" he asked. The musician lowered his saxaphone. "Practice, man. Practice."

All the beast!

Wulf Moon


Thank you! And yes, I'm committed to this now... I'm not giving up so I'm just practicing and reading everything I can to continue to grow!

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Postby CCrawford » Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:10 pm

storysinger wrote:
TimE wrote:HM first time out is impressive. You've probably seen Wulf's tips, they're worth reading if you haven't. Keep writing. Good luck.


Welcome to the forum CCrawford. You should definitely check out the daily threads. The power to hone your craft is available. wotf008


Thanks, I'll check them out!

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Postby Allen » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:11 am

Hello Brad and everyone else,

My name is Allen. I live about an hour outside of Detroit, MI. I have been submitting stories to this contest off and on since 1993, obviously with no success so I gave up for a couple of decades. I find the experiences of the other contestants interesting and I want to learn more about where my writing falls short. Still waiting on an answer back for my Q2 entry, probably won't have an entry for Q3, hope to have something to enter for Q4...

Anyway, glad to be part of this group.

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Postby czing » Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:03 pm

Welcome everyone, from another newbie. The contest questions thread had a whole lot of useful and interesting information in it. In case you are looking to know more about the contest :)
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Postby Wulf Moon » Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:41 pm

Allen wrote:Hello Brad and everyone else,

My name is Allen. I live about an hour outside of Detroit, MI. I have been submitting stories to this contest off and on since 1993, obviously with no success so I gave up for a couple of decades. I find the experiences of the other contestants interesting and I want to learn more about where my writing falls short. Still waiting on an answer back for my Q2 entry, probably won't have an entry for Q3, hope to have something to enter for Q4...

Anyway, glad to be part of this group.


Welcome, Allen!

On never giving up, I suggest you listen to the WotF Podcast of Preston Dennet's TOPANGA CANYON story. And you might as well listen to mine too, while you're at it. :) You will find some great encouragement there.

Cheers!

Moon
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Postby WriterGirl0426 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:43 am

Allen wrote:Hello Brad and everyone else,

My name is Allen. I live about an hour outside of Detroit, MI. I have been submitting stories to this contest off and on since 1993, obviously with no success so I gave up for a couple of decades. I find the experiences of the other contestants interesting and I want to learn more about where my writing falls short. Still waiting on an answer back for my Q2 entry, probably won't have an entry for Q3, hope to have something to enter for Q4...

Anyway, glad to be part of this group.


For what it's worth Allen, I spent maybe twenty years submitting before I finally landed a publisher. If I'm being honest with myself, the first 10-15 years my work wasn't really publish-worthy. I was raw, and just kept pumping out material rather than really investing energy into learning how to my writing better technically. Looking back at my piles of work now, I find lots of great ideas, but some of glaring mistakes make me cringe. Even today I still catch myself using passive voice, not taking opportunities to amp up my tension, using too many "it" and "that" and "was" words, etc. My guess is your writing has improved, and maybe you're a bit gun-shy after your initial rejections, but don't give up. If you're willing to really put it all out there and take some constructive critiques from folks, you will probably find easy ways to clean up technical problems, and you'll likely find your work itself is (and always has been) great. :)
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Postby Wulf Moon » Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:56 am

A hearty welcome to all the new members by your new moderator! This is the best contest on the planet to discover and promote new speculative fiction writers. And this Forum is the best place in the world to figure out how to get discovered. We welcome all of you, and look forward to your contributions to the positive spirit, encouragement, and friendship that the WotF Forum fosters!

If you didn't receive your welcome letter upon admiittance to the Forum, please go to the main topic folder and read our new Welcome letter, and our Anti-harassment Policy. Simple rules to make the environment safe and fun for everyone.

Browse the wealth of information here. Do post to the quarter you are entering, as that's where most of the discussions and encouragement to keep writing and entering happens.

So please introduce yourself here and come on in! The water is fine.

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