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Writers of the Future asks for your podcast input.

Postby Wulf Moon » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:37 pm

This was posted on the WoTF Facebook page. Feel free to weigh in!

QUICK PODCAST SURVEY
1. Would you be interested in a Writers/Illustrators of the Future podcast?
2. If so, what would you like to hear on it?
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Postby chuckt » Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:42 am

Of the anthology stories? I would absolutely. I've been really impressed with the quality of the writing.

But I take it that is not what they are thinking about. I'd still listen no matter what it is.
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Postby OldDarth » Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:49 am

Sure.

Advice/feedback from the judges and especially the first reader/slush pile person.
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Postby storysinger » Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:58 pm

Wulf Moon wrote:. If so, what would you like to hear on it?


I would like to hear the stories from the anthology. It would add an alternate experience for the audience to enjoy.
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Postby gatordave96 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:05 pm

Interviews from the big awards ceremony? Wouldn’t it be a great opportunity to grab insights from the winners and/or judges about their writing careers, writing processes, pet peeves, etc.? I would imagine you could get a ton of material in a short time.

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Postby thegirlintheglasses » Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:37 pm

I'd love to hear what specifically drew judges to the winning stories and what inspired the authors of the stories to write what they wrote (winner interviews). Also tips, what judges look for... And how to level up or advance in a writing career.
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Postby Wulf Moon » Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:06 pm

Thanks! I've passed all of these on to John Goodwin.
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Postby storysinger » Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:13 pm

Wulfy, I listened to your War Dog story and I think it would be great to hear something like that in a WOTF production.

Whether by the author or a competent performer it would get my attention.
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Postby chuckt » Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:21 pm

They were looking for names. I threw out "WTF Podcast," "Podbay Door," and "Dave's Podbay Doors." I think they are going with "Writers of the Future Podcast." Yawn! wotf011 That's actually probably best, you know, brand promotion and all that. They thought my suggestions that linked back to 2001 a Space Odyssey would go unnoticed by younger sci-fi fans.
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Postby Wulf Moon » Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:00 pm

storysinger wrote:Wulfy, I listened to your War Dog story and I think it would be great to hear something like that in a WOTF production.

Whether by the author or a competent performer it would get my attention.


Awesome! Glad you enjoyed, Storysinger! And yes, John has been thinking on that as well to add flavor to the podcasts.
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Postby Wulf Moon » Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:09 pm

chuckt wrote:They were looking for names. I threw out "WTF Podcast," "Podbay Door," and "Dave's Podbay Doors." I think they are going with "Writers of the Future Podcast." Yawn! wotf011 That's actually probably best, you know, brand promotion and all that. They thought my suggestions that linked back to 2001 a Space Odyssey would go unnoticed by younger sci-fi fans.


Well, you tried, Chuck. I tossed one at them too, on our private Volume 35 board. I think they're going to play it safe and go with Writers and Illustrators of the Future Podcast. You have to admit, it may not sizzle, but it's truth in advertising. wotf001

But it will be a cool new WotF feature! Stay tuned!
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Postby ddonche » Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:02 pm

thegirlintheglasses wrote:I'd love to hear what specifically drew judges to the winning stories and what inspired the authors of the stories to write what they wrote (winner interviews). Also tips, what judges look for... And how to level up or advance in a writing career.

This right here. Would love to hear what made the stories stand out for the judges.
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Postby Helge Mahrt » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:57 am

I’d also love to hear about the internal workings of the contest and the workshop week - a look behind the scene.
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Postby hannahAZOK » Mon May 06, 2019 11:16 pm

Just the idea of a WoTF podcast, period, sounds awesome to me. (I may or may not be a recovering podcast addict...) Basically, everything everyone has already brought up would be fun to see:

-tips from the judges
-behind the scenes of workshop week
-readings of the stories themselves
-interviews with the winners
-general craft tips

All of it, please and thank you. wotf009
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Postby GlibWizard » Tue May 07, 2019 6:02 pm

I'm enjoying the episodes so far and I'm hoping that we will get an interview with Kary English at some point. Her professional journey would be interesting, but I'm also deeply curious about what trends emerge when you peer into the collective imagination of thousands of writers each quarter.

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Postby Henckel » Tue May 07, 2019 9:04 pm

OldDarth wrote:Sure.

Advice/feedback from the judges and especially the first reader/slush pile person.


Like old darth, I'd like to hear from the judges re what tipped the balance between a good story and one just so so. The threshold of standard between HM, SHM, SF, F, and winners. Also, common mistakes made by writers in each of these areas that might be holding them back.

I know this subjective and unique to each story, but I'm mindful that the intent of the contest is to cultivate new upcoming talent. And speaking for myself, I hang on every word in the blogs. If judges have advice, then I'm all ears.

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Postby Helge Mahrt » Wed May 08, 2019 12:00 am

I really like the podcast so far. It's so interesting to hear from the judges!

There only seems to be a slight issue with the mix/mastering. E.g. in the episode with Kevin and Rebecca, Rebecca's voice was really low compared to Kevin's, so I had to change the volume constantly to hear everything.
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Postby JasonJWillis » Thu May 09, 2019 11:06 pm

I am loving the podcast so far. I skip the illustrators podcast, though I'm glad it exists.

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Postby TimE » Fri May 10, 2019 1:02 am

For people new to WotF, it might be better if the link to the podcasts were on the menu at the left of the home page rather than hidden away in Educator Resources - where I wouldn't think of looking.

I'm enjoying the podcasts.
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Postby BrandieJ » Sat May 11, 2019 7:07 am

I love the topics mentioned. On a logistical note, I wish the podcast was on Sticher, where I listen to my podcasts in the car.

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Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:50 pm

TimE wrote:For people new to WotF, it might be better if the link to the podcasts were on the menu at the left of the home page rather than hidden away in Educator Resources - where I wouldn't think of looking.

I'm enjoying the podcasts.


That's coming, TimE. I talked to John about it. : )

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Postby TimE » Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:45 pm

Wulf Moon wrote:
TimE wrote:For people new to WotF, it might be better if the link to the podcasts were on the menu at the left of the home page rather than hidden away in Educator Resources - where I wouldn't think of looking.

I'm enjoying the podcasts.


That's coming, TimE. I talked to John about it. : )

Cheers!


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Postby Helge Mahrt » Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:07 am

I'm really liking the podcast so far! However - on some episodes more than others - there seems to be an issue with the mastering. John's volume is always OK and I can understand him well, but the guests' volume often is lower than his. It's especially bad in Martin Shoemaker's episode - I wasn't able to understand him at all, which is a shame, because I was really interested in what he had to say.
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Postby AlexH » Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:29 pm

In terms of writing craft, I haven't seen/heard much about theme (finding a theme in your story and ensuring everything contributes to it) or making each sentence do double or even triple duty.
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Postby AVDutson » Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:00 am

The podcast is awesome! I've chewed through every one of them--some twice or more. I've even been surprised to find the illustrator interviews to be inspiring.
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Postby RSchibler » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:54 am

I've been listening to them between audio books and I really enjoy them. I particularly enjoyed the Topanga Canyon story. As a writer who bombards the pro publications with my stories regularly it was so encouraging to hear how much value the personal rejections I get are. I wonder if their value has decreased with the ease of writing emails? Or if the ease of submitting has strained editorial time so much that they still have a lot of meaning. Either way, it is encouraging. The main theme? Never Ever Ever Ever Ever Give Up.
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Postby Henckel » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:19 am

I agree. They're really good. It's all about finding those little gems that really hit.

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Postby storysinger » Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:24 am

I just listened to #35 It Takes Ten Years To Become An Overnight Success with Robert J. Defendi.
That gives me 4 years to go. In the podcast they say the first million words are practice.
I've got a lot of practice left to reach that level.
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Postby storysinger » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:56 am

I've finally shed my blinders and am listening to podcasts.
I just listened to Joni talking about the contest and past and present participants.
Hard as it is to believe she said the youngest writer to enter the contest was 8 years old and the oldest was 94. wotf015
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