Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

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Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:54 am

Either I'm blind, or this didn't exist until the day before Q2 starts.

Speaking of Q2, I'm poking at an outline. Yay!
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby SCAFontaine » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:57 am

Nope you're not blind. wotf011
I've starting my research and have a goal to write the first 300 words before the end of the week.
Yay for Q2! This is exciting.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby AnikeKirsten » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:11 am

Woot! Keep 'em subbing.

Got mine pretty much ready to go once I give it a final typoo and grammar edit pass. Onward to 2019!

And may the Force be ever in your favour.

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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby RSchibler » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:51 am

I wrote a flash piece that I think I'll develop into my Q2. Hopefully quickly and get it subbed before the second to last day of the quarter.

Happy New Year all!
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:06 pm

I have to break this sub at the last minute cycle I've been doing. My new resolution is to enter with plenty of room to spare. wotf013
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby DoctorJest » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:15 pm

I'll be editing close to the deadline for Q1, but I already know the story I'll be writing for Q2. I have an outline already sketched, but it's very broad.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby LDWriter2 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:30 pm

Hmm start thinking. I want to do one that is different from the one I submitted just now. I am doing one for another contest. Or do a revised version of one I have written already. As I said Thinking.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby LDWriter2 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:06 pm

Just came back to say that I may have started the story. I just finished the opening so we shall see how it goes from here.
Working on turning Lead into Gold.

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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby OldDarth » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:12 pm

This quarter will be a challenge for me. Going for my second knee replacement on January 23rd. So I really need to get a draft done before then as I know from the previous experience - writing will be out of the question for the following 4 weeks.

Have an idea. Fleshing it out now.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:09 am

This quarter's entry might be my easiest one yet. I had a story around ninety percent finished for Q1 when another idea took center stage.

Of course, if another story appears I will write something new.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:42 am

storysinger wrote:This quarter's entry might be my easiest one yet. I had a story around ninety percent finished for Q1 when another idea took center stage.

Of course, if another story appears I will write something new.


Finish the 90 percenter, write another, and pick your best! You have time! Push your limits, don't go easy on yourself. This is the Olympics of speculative fiction. You have to train to your greatest potential to win...because others around the world are pushing themselves to their limits to win.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby amoskalik » Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:07 pm

I'm 250 words into mine. It'll probably be about 8000 when all is said and done.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby francisbruno » Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:05 am

Back after Hiatus.

Anyone up for a swap? 4K words Urban fantasy.
Accomplishments:
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HM: V29 Q2, V30 Q2
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby SCAFontaine » Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:45 pm

francisbruno wrote:Back after Hiatus.

Anyone up for a swap? 4K words Urban fantasy.


I'll be up for a swap in a few weeks if you're still interested at that point.

Until then, I've already reached my goal for this week and I'm now aiming for at least 1-2k words per week for my Q2 story and another 5k a week for the chapters of my novel's 3rd draft.

Busy writing is the best way to be. I don't know about you guys, but for me, writing is my kind of therapy. I always find myself smiling after no matter how happy or depressing the story may be. If it's been more than two days since I've written, I get irritable and my husband takes over the kids to give me some time.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby ddonche » Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:58 pm

Going to rewrite my HM for this one, which gives me lots of time to just polish. The story is done, only I think I may have to kill somebody. It's impossible to tell what was wrong with the story, since there's no feedback. My first hypothesis is always going to default to, "Maybe not enough people died."
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby GruffbaneJoe » Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:46 pm

I'm at 8000 words right now. I intended this for Q1 but I realized I wasn't going to make it, and broke off to revise an R. Like most of my entries, it will likely clock in around 12,000 when finished. I should be up for a swap at the end of the month!
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby morganb » Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:28 am

ddonche wrote:Going to rewrite my HM for this one, which gives me lots of time to just polish. The story is done, only I think I may have to kill somebody. It's impossible to tell what was wrong with the story, since there's no feedback. My first hypothesis is always going to default to, "Maybe not enough people died."


Always tough to say for sure why the story didn't move further into the contest. Dave offered this information a while ago. Might be of some use.

https://www.writersofthefuture.com/why- ... e-mention/

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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:35 am

ddonche wrote: "Maybe not enough people died."


It's funny that you say that. In my hm most of the characters bit the dust one after the other.

That being said, Morgan's' advice is spot on. Signing up for Dave's daily emails is very helpful too. He tells you what he looks for in a story.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby ddonche » Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:12 pm

morganb wrote:
Always tough to say for sure why the story didn't move further into the contest. Dave offered this information a while ago. Might be of some use.

https://www.writersofthefuture.com/why- ... e-mention/

~Morgan


That's awesome, thanks for the link. I haven't seen that one yet. I'm pretty sure I know what went wrong with the story, so I now have three months to correct it!

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ddonche wrote: "Maybe not enough people died."


It's funny that you say that. In my hm most of the characters bit the dust one after the other.

That being said, Morgan's' advice is spot on. Signing up for Dave's daily emails is very helpful too. He tells you what he looks for in a story.


I've been reading his emails for a couple years now, without fail. I think I would be a fool not to. It's some of the best information out there - and it's FREE!
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:57 am

Everyone should sign up for Dave's Tips. I think he knows more about story than anyone living today. Plus, he's the coordinating judge--you can't win if you don't make Dave happy. He talks about how he won so many contests by studying the judges. Word to the wise. : )
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby tkunit » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:46 am

It's been a while but I think I'll be back in it this quarter. I'm pretty excited about that.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby OldDarth » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:21 am

ddonche wrote:
morganb wrote:
I've been reading his emails for a couple years now, without fail. I think I would be a fool not to. It's some of the best information out there - and it's FREE!

Ditto!
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby vsutherland01 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:35 am

I have a 3K draft done for this quarter. Now I can sit on it 'til march.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby RSchibler » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:32 pm

Naw, see, now you have time to have TWO stories ready to submit. Or three! Or write that novel we all have in the back of our minds. wotf011
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby storysinger » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:17 am

RSchibler wrote:Naw, see, now you have time to have TWO stories ready to submit. Or three! Or write that novel we all have in the back of our minds.


Excellent advice for sure. Never slow down your writing. wotf042
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby vsutherland01 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:37 am

RSchibler wrote:Naw, see, now you have time to have TWO stories ready to submit. Or three! Or write that novel we all have in the back of our minds. wotf011


Haha, after I catch up on reading.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby Dragonchef » Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:41 am

Just finished the first draft of my Q2v36 submission. In edit now.
15.6K - Whew! Still shaking from all that typing.
Good luck to you all.
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby OldDarth » Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:13 am

Wow and congrats in that order!
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:52 pm

I just finished an BIG re-write then edit on a Revise & Resubmit request.
So now, I have to THINK of an idea for Q2. All my ideas-in-waiting are more novel length projects. Plus, I want to come up with something completely new for me and off the wall. I don't have it yet. :(
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Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Postby Dragonchef » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:51 am

JVAshley wrote:I just finished an BIG re-write then edit on a Revise & Resubmit request.
So now, I have to THINK of an idea for Q2. All my ideas-in-waiting are more novel length projects. Plus, I want to come up with something completely new for me and off the wall. I don't have it yet. :(

JV - That re-write is still probably fresh in your mind. My advice would be to take a SHORT break and read some off-the-wall stuff for keyboard fodder, and ideas will start to flow. wotf029
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