Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby TimE » Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:46 am

JVAshley wrote:All my ideas-in-waiting are more novel length projects. :(


This is a problem I keep hitting. I'm surprised my Q4 even got a HM, I tried to squeeze a novel into a short story. It's what I'm up against now.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:54 am

JVAshley wrote: All my ideas-in-waiting are more novel length projects.


You could write one of those nlp's into existence. The first 17,000 words or less might be good enough to get a win.
At the very least you will have started something new.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby AnikeKirsten » Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:42 am

Perhaps looking at the overall character arc and narrowing it to the strongest development might help keep the story well below 17k? A basic character arc of conflict, agency, consequence, and resolution. If there's good room left, and the story needs to, it should be much easier to fill up after the story's skeleton is solid. It's a tip I picked up from my crit group and has helped keep shorts short but also helped in making them longer when they need to be without going into the novelette length.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:27 pm

Thanks, you are right, my mind is stuck on that story.
I think you are right about reading some some new short stories to get in the mindset.
Good Luck on your edits!
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby DoctorJest » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:55 pm

(Speaking of which, am I wrong in thinking that one Patrick Rothfuss might have had success with a piece of a novel in the past?)
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:31 am

I believe NAME OF THE WIND started as his winning short story entry for WotF.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:03 pm

I took the first chapter of my first attempt at a novel and turned it into an HM. It is over 65,000 words as of today.
With the world built I have the option to write a series of books. So get that novel started, the beginning might be good enough to get you some recognition. wotf008
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:57 pm

storysinger wrote:I took the first chapter of my first attempt at a novel and turned it into an HM. It is over 65,000 words as of today.
With the world built I have the option to write a series of books. So get that novel started, the beginning might be good enough to get you some recognition. wotf008


Good Plan storysinger! I will try that wotf009
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:07 am

An idea for Q2 hit me today.
Now, I can't sleep for thinking about it. wotf002
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:34 am

JVAshley wrote:An idea for Q2 hit me today.
Now, I can't sleep for thinking about it. wotf002

I've been there. Not tonight--tonight is the regular, baby induced partial insomnia--but I've definitely been there.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby Dragonchef » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:17 am

JVAshley wrote:An idea for Q2 hit me today.
Now, I can't sleep for thinking about it. wotf002

wotf035 wotf042
That's when you get you sleepy self out of bed, make a cup of strong tea or coffee, AND GET TO WORK!!!
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:20 am

It was a looong night. I hashed out half the plot.
I might make a sprint out of it like I did last Q1, but start two months before the deadline instead of 2 days.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby Dragonchef » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:26 am

JVAshley wrote:It was a looong night. I hashed out half the plot.
I might make a sprint out of it like I did last Q1, but start two months before the deadline instead of 2 days.


YAAASSSSS!!! That's what I'm talkin about.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:31 am

JVAshley wrote: start two months before the deadline instead of 2 days.


I'm with you on that one. I think the earliest submission for me was with one day to spare.

I have a story I could finish with minimal effort but I'm in no hurry.

I'm reading a book by Algis Budry to expand my level of ability.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:37 am

storysinger wrote:I'm reading a book by Algis Budry to expand my level of ability.


I think I'm next on the waiting list to read his book. :)
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby SCAFontaine » Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:20 am

I'm working on the climax of my story and I'm hoping to be done with this draft by the end of this weekend. It's not long but not as short as my last one either. Hopefully I can get another story written before the end of the quarter to have 2 to choose from.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:50 am

storysinger wrote:
JVAshley wrote: start two months before the deadline instead of 2 days.


I'm with you on that one. I think the earliest submission for me was with one day to spare.

I have a story I could finish with minimal effort but I'm in no hurry.

I'm reading a book by Algis Budry to expand my level of ability.


What? People are actually taking my advice and upping their game? Keep an eye on Julia and Storysinger, folks.

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Congrats on doing the work, guys. That makes all the difference.

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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby Thomas Woodward » Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:09 pm

Just submitted! A special thank you to Becky, Dustin, Ellie, Mike, Glenn, Sabine, Ryan, and Nate - your crits were incredibly helpful! wotf008
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby RSchibler » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:26 am

I finished the first draft of my book yesterday wotf026 which means I'm desperate to distract myself during the rest period. If anyone needs crits on their Q2 entry (or anything else) send me a PM. Two months left!
Trying to refute entropy with words.

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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby Dragonchef » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:57 am

RSchibler wrote:I finished the first draft of my book yesterday which means I'm desperate to distract myself during the rest period.

Good job, mon ami! Way to go.
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I wish I could say the same, but I am cursed to be an overachiever and presently have three such novels in the flames. Takes so much longer that way. wotf020
Also halfway through Q3 story. Some would say I don't know how to focus. But, hey, at least I am writing.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby SCAFontaine » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:04 pm

RSchibler wrote:I finished the first draft of my book yesterday wotf026 which means I'm desperate to distract myself during the rest period. If anyone needs crits on their Q2 entry (or anything else) send me a PM. Two months left!


Congrats! It's always a really great feeling to finish a draft. Sense of accomplishment.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby TimE » Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:48 am

RSchibler wrote:I finished the first draft of my book yesterday.


I reckon completion of a novel is always worth a round of applause. Well done.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:23 am

RSchibler wrote:I finished the first draft of my book yesterday


Quite an accomplishment. wotf010 I'm working hard to reach that point and with more days like yesterday I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby DoctorJest » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:51 pm

I'm in the Pending Edit stage of my Q2 entry, which is the stage where I put it aside, ignore it for a few weeks, and then work on my novel draft instead. That's going fairly well at the moment, insofar as I haven't stared at it and yet been compelled to stab myself in the eyes with my pen, which I consider a good sign...

My plan is to return to revising my Q2 draft at the beginning of March. In the meantime, I have a good idea of what my Q3 is going to be, and I'm putting together notes for it.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:15 pm

I finished the story I was writing for Q2. After reading it I think it may not be a good fit for wotf. wotf017
However it seems to fit the guidelines for another contest so I will be submitting it there.
I'm confident I'll have something more suitable for the contest in plenty of time. Write on.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:29 am

Okay, we've got one month left. Time for me to kick things back into gear; I've been taking it slow the last month, and made very little progress as a result. Worst comes to worst, I can try my hand at last-minute flash or something (I'm a wee bit stuck on all my current projects).
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby Dragonchef » Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:11 am

disgruntledpeony wrote:Okay, we've got one month left. Time for me to kick things back into gear; I've been taking it slow the last month, and made very little progress as a result. Worst comes to worst, I can try my hand at last-minute flash or something (I'm a wee bit stuck on all my current projects).

Make a nice cup-o-tea wotf035

Read a few short stories in the same genre which you want to write wotf029
Take a deep breath wotf048
Let it out wotf048
Start tapping on that keyboard wotf042

Yeah, I know. Sounds easy, doesn't it? Once you start typing though, it tends to flow.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:30 am

It's a good idea to have some flash pieces written you can expand in a hurry when a quarter deadline looms and you've had a bad month. My winner began as just one page, an intro I had written six months before, with no idea where it was going and I had tucked it in a drawer. In 36 hours, I expanded it into a 6100 word story and pushed submit at 11:56 pm on the last day of the last quarter. And it won. You can do this. Never miss a quarter, because you never know what will get a hit and make you shout, "FISH ON!"

But if you don't have a lure in the water, one thing is for certain. You will not catch a fish.

Fortune favor the diligent,

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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby DaneCurley » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:39 am

Cutting it close at this point. 2300 words in.

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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby Dragonchef » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:45 am

DaneCurley wrote:Cutting it close at this point. 2300 words in.

You still have 3 weeks and 4 days. Esssssspresssssssooooooooo!
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