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czing
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Posted by: @axeminister

I may try something totally bonkers and start over. Not a complete from scratch, but a rewrite of a six-year-old HM. I'm reading an author that inspires me and that story keeps popping into my head, but written in 3rd and in a fantastic new voice.

Now I have to see if I can do 6k in under 6 weeks. I can do the word count, but can I edit? I'm an editor, not a writer. Heh.

Will try to get to 1k this weekend, then I'll have hope. Fingers crossed!

That sounds great. Personally I love when something I am reading pulls one of my stories into my mind over and over (at least I love it when I'm not trying to focus on something else). Have found I usually have pretty good results with big edits when that happens - or at least results I'm pleased with. My Q1 entry is kind of like that - although I had never submitted it anywhere - at one point it just kept pulling at my mind. I did a major overhaul on it and I am so much happier with it than the original story.

v36 Q1, Q3 - HM; Q4 - R
v37 Q1 - R; Q2 - SHM; Q4 - HM
v38 Q1 - HM; Q2 -SHM; Q3 - P; Q4 - P
v39 Q1 - P

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Posted : November 20, 2021 8:36 am
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earthkeeper
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Curse you Instagram! I love reading the writing prompts from the accounts I follow there, but now one of them has given me an idea for a hilarious story that just won't get out of my head. It takes one of the most annoying tropes I've ever come across and basically inverts it, and I start cackling whenever I think about the idea.

"Trust is like a shop. Difficult to build, but surprisingly easy to ruin. But when it is strong and true, there are few things in this world that make you feel stronger."
HM - V37/Q4
SHM - V38/Q3

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Posted : November 20, 2021 2:17 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @axeminister

Thanks Spud!

Okay, 1300 this morning. Notes in my book all crossed out, and I must blaze anew. Smile

 

You got this, Dustin! grinning  

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
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Posted : November 20, 2021 9:36 pm
Dustin Adams
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OK, got to 2500 this weekend. I know where the plot goes from here in general, so I think this'll happen. This is good because I can bump my other Q1 up as I'll need more time on that one.

Now I just need to not break the momentum. Work can wreck that... Lately I've been at my work pc at 5am instead of writing. So I'll put in some hours today and see if I can carve out an hour each morning to keep my head in the story until it's done.

Thanks for the cheers, folks. They absolutely help!

2x Finalist
2x Semi
7x Silver
9x HM
Finalist #2 ** KICKSTARTER ** Help us cross the finish line!

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Topic starter Posted : November 21, 2021 5:24 am
pdblake
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Ok, I am now on this one. I got stopped in my tracks mid-story, but my brain is back in gear and I'm set to finish it off.

www.pdblake.co.uk

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Posted : November 21, 2021 6:28 am
pdblake
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And my first draft is done, despite a headache and the neighbours trying to wake the dead this morning. Just need to let it stew for a while while I think of the next thing, which is already starting to form.

www.pdblake.co.uk

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Posted : November 22, 2021 2:37 am
crlisle
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I'm in for 1st quarter! Yay!

2020 Quarters: 1st -- R, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- SHM
2021 Quarters: 1st -- HM, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- Pending
2022 Quarters: 1st -- Pending
"Invasion" to be published in Daily Science Fiction
"The Last Dance" to be published Feb. 2022 in the LTUE Anthology, Parliament of Wizards
"My Ten Cents" published in Sci Fi Lampoon, vol. 2, Dec. 2020
"Never give up. Never surrender." - Galaxy Quest

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Posted : November 22, 2021 6:45 am
TGio
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December is steaming ahead and I am still emotionally in October, send help. My first draft is maybe 3/5 in, hoping to push trough to the end this week. 

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Posted : November 22, 2021 8:48 am
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DoctorJest
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So, I just took my fallback entry prospect, polished it...and sent it out to another place for submission, having decided that I'm damn well going to write something new for Q1. I figure if I can't find my groove with trying to write new stories again, then what exactly is the point of me putting in the effort to try and find a great path forwards to being a professional writer? So, safety net out, hard-hat on, and let's see if I can't pull something quickly out of the bag.

(I also need to get a notebook, because I had another great idea for a story in the shower a couple of days ago, brainstormed the whole thing out while standing around there, realized it would be a good story, complex but quick to write, and...went to sleep, forgot it, and can't remember a single damn thing about what it was now. Sigh. This is even worse than my old notebook, which I had filled with cryptic two- or three-word notes that described a story I had thought of without effectively describing what I was thinking of at all. That notebook still ended up yielding a few stories, though, I suspect none of which were anything to do with whatever original ideas I'd had in the first place.)

So, I'm coming into the end of November with no ideas, a packed schedule, a ton of enthusiasm, and a determination to figure out a new story while simultaneously working out how to put up Christmas lights outside our new place. I may even pull out the ukulele for a bit, and see if I've forgotten everything I taught myself back in the spring. Who knows, maybe it'll give me an idea. Probably not, but hey, worth a shot.

Regardless, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And to anyone who's not celebrating it, have a plain old Happy Thursday, and enjoy something delicious.

R: 0 / HM: 9 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q4.V38 / Q1.V39...yup, square at 0%, and with no ideas at all. Huzzah!
Last result: HM for Q3.V38
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle
Revised HM ('The Winds of the Mind') forthcoming at Abyss and Apex, ~October 2023

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Posted : November 25, 2021 12:30 pm
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Physa/ Guthington/ Amy
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I'm hoping against hope I'll have time to get a fresh story submitted to this quarter. I've had various entanglements preventing me from entering a story into a Q1 before. But... I think I can pull it off this time! And no... not sure yet what that story will be. 😉

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Posted : November 27, 2021 7:53 am
DoctorJest
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I have a thread of an idea I'm working with now, a heavily revamped concept that I previously tried and failed to write, but with the central characters made much less alien than in the original versions.

I'm not sure yet how long it'll be--it's one of those ideas that feels like it could be as long or as short as it needs to be, depending which avenues of the idea I choose to explore. I wrote a throw away opening for it yesterday, enough to explore the idea and decide I like it enough to press forwards. So for now, I'm going to hitch my wagon to this, and see where it goes.

R: 0 / HM: 9 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q4.V38 / Q1.V39...yup, square at 0%, and with no ideas at all. Huzzah!
Last result: HM for Q3.V38
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle
Revised HM ('The Winds of the Mind') forthcoming at Abyss and Apex, ~October 2023

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Posted : November 30, 2021 10:35 am
RETreasure
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I'm actually saving the resub for a quarter when I don't have a fresh story. I'll be submitting a fresh story that feels WotFy.

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: F, SHM, F, P
Always Available for Critiques - PM for availability.
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Posted : November 30, 2021 11:30 am
pdblake
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Right, I'm in and have an email confirmation but can we please have a simple submit button on the submission page? At the moment, until I just figured it out, it looks as though I submitted an untitled document sometime in October when I hadn't submitted anything at all for this quarter. The fact that I needed to edit that entry and save it only occurred to me after clicking about randomly. For a while I thought I'd already submitted something and forgot about it, and forgotten to give it a title.

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Posted : November 30, 2021 12:27 pm
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Dustin Adams
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I'm up to 7200 and haven't started the climax. Ugh. Maybe 2k more. But I don't want to be over 8k, so I'm gonna have to cut stuff I already don't want to cut.

But I got a month, so... onward!

2x Finalist
2x Semi
7x Silver
9x HM
Finalist #2 ** KICKSTARTER ** Help us cross the finish line!

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Topic starter Posted : November 30, 2021 12:28 pm
Scott_M_Sands
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Posted by: @doctorjest

I'm damn well going to write something new for Q1.

I say good on you, Jest. We are writers! Coming up with a new idea shouldn't be too tricky (although I'm sure it sometimes is). Here's to your fresh work, may it surprise even you with how engaging it is.

If there's anything a humble guy as myself can offer to help, let me know, Happy to read when you get something done. If you don't need that, then I'm happy to be another voice of encouragement!

Hit it hard. Best of luck.  

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
V38: R, HM, P

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Posted : November 30, 2021 2:10 pm
Scott_M_Sands
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@axeminister 

Yeah, I try to keep mine around the 7,500. If I really feel it needs to go over I might let it. Generally I can cull them back. May your story's climax be epic and worth the 2k!

 

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
V38: R, HM, P

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Posted : November 30, 2021 2:11 pm
storysinger
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Gah! I haven't even got this quarter figured out.

Today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality-D.R.Sweeney
HM-V32/Q3
HM-V36/Q4
HM-V38/Q1

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Posted : November 30, 2021 3:39 pm
David Hankins
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Posted by: @axeminister

I'm up to 7200 and haven't started the climax. Ugh. Maybe 2k more. But I don't want to be over 8k, so I'm gonna have to cut stuff I already don't want to cut.

But I got a month, so... onward!

Write on!

V38 Q2: HM
V38 Q3: HM
V38 Q4: Submitted
V39 Q1: WIP

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Posted : November 30, 2021 6:39 pm
Cray Dimensional
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I have mixed feelings on my 1st QTR. Some days Iove it, and some days I dont. I sent out for edit and am waiting for it to come back. I think there will be quite a bit to edit.

Meanwhile I am working on lighter KYD which I should finish by end of week.

My favorite piece was my 3rd QTR, but my husband liked the 4th QTR better.

Small steps add up to miles.
V38: R, R, HM, P

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Posted : November 30, 2021 6:56 pm
DoctorJest
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Posted by: @axeminister

I'm up to 7200 and haven't started the climax. Ugh. Maybe 2k more. But I don't want to be over 8k, so I'm gonna have to cut stuff I already don't want to cut.

But I got a month, so... onward!

Ack, this can be super painful! I ended up cutting 4k from the length of one of my entries, and 4.5k from another. I think that later one suffered for the cuts, though.

R: 0 / HM: 9 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q4.V38 / Q1.V39...yup, square at 0%, and with no ideas at all. Huzzah!
Last result: HM for Q3.V38
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle
Revised HM ('The Winds of the Mind') forthcoming at Abyss and Apex, ~October 2023

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Posted : November 30, 2021 6:59 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @axeminister

I'm up to 7200 and haven't started the climax. Ugh. Maybe 2k more. But I don't want to be over 8k, so I'm gonna have to cut stuff I already don't want to cut.

But I got a month, so... onward!

I believe in you! clapper  

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales
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4th and Starlight Kickstarter -- active through December 10th! (55% funded last I checked.)

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Posted : November 30, 2021 7:40 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @storysinger

Gah! I haven't even got this quarter figured out.

Don't stress. You've still got a month, resubs are an option, and if you miss a quarter it honestly isn't the end of the world. (I always preferred to be in for a given quarter rather than not, but I also understand that life is not always accommodating of such things, as I myself had to take breaks from submitting on more than one occasion.)

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales
Twitter
4th and Starlight Kickstarter -- active through December 10th! (55% funded last I checked.)

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Posted : November 30, 2021 7:42 pm
Morgan
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Posted by: @axeminister

I'm up to 7200 and haven't started the climax. Ugh. Maybe 2k more. But I don't want to be over 8k, so I'm gonna have to cut stuff I already don't want to cut.

But I got a month, so... onward!

Let the story be what the story needs to be. Sure, MOST winning stories fall in the 7-10K range. But some pushed 13K too. It's okay to push the long end IF the story demands it and IF the story is compelling. Get it all written and cut what needs to be cut, but you have room to keep the stuff that needs to stay.

 

"If you can do it for joy, you can do it forever."
- Stephen King
Drop me a line at https://morganbroadhead.com

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Posted : December 1, 2021 5:05 am
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