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TimE
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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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Posted : January 19, 2019 4:46 am
storysinger
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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.

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 : January 19, 2019 4:54 am
AnikeKirsten
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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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Posted : January 19, 2019 9:42 pm
JVAshley
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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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Posted : January 20, 2019 6:27 am
DoctorJest
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(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?)

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 20% done on draft 1
Last result: SHM for Q2.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 : January 20, 2019 5:55 pm
JVAshley
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I believe NAME OF THE WIND started as his winning short story entry for WotF.

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Posted : January 21, 2019 5:31 am
storysinger
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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

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 : January 21, 2019 8:03 am
JVAshley
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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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Posted : January 21, 2019 8:57 am
JVAshley
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An idea for Q2 hit me today.
Now, I can't sleep for thinking about it. wotf002

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Posted : January 23, 2019 8:07 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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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.

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
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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Topic starter Posted : January 23, 2019 8:34 pm
Dragonchef
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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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Posted : January 24, 2019 12:17 am
JVAshley
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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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Posted : January 24, 2019 5:20 am
Dragonchef
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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.
wotf026 wotf009

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Posted : January 24, 2019 5:26 am
storysinger
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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.

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 : January 24, 2019 5:31 am
JVAshley
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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. Smile

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Posted : January 24, 2019 5:37 am
Scafontaine
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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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Posted : January 24, 2019 11:20 pm
Wulf Moon
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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.

"You have to be before you can do, and do before you can have." --Zig Ziglar

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

~Moon~

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Posted : January 26, 2019 2:50 am
Thomas Woodward
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Just submitted! A special thank you to Becky, Dustin, Ellie, Mike, Glenn, Sabine, Ryan, and Nate - your crits were incredibly helpful! wotf008

5x R
10x HM
2020 Superstars Writing Seminar scholarship award recipient
"No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure." — Ernest Hemingway

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Posted : January 31, 2019 12:09 pm
RETreasure
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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!

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: F, SHM, P, P
Available for critiques - PM for availability.
www.rebeccaetreasure.com

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Posted : February 5, 2019 4:26 am
Dragonchef
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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.
wotf010
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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Posted : February 5, 2019 4:57 am
Scafontaine
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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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Posted : February 5, 2019 4:04 pm
TimE
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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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Posted : February 5, 2019 8:48 pm
storysinger
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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.

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 : February 6, 2019 1:23 am
DoctorJest
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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.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 20% done on draft 1
Last result: SHM for Q2.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 : February 17, 2019 9:51 am
storysinger
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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.

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 : February 24, 2019 12:15 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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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).

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
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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Topic starter Posted : February 28, 2019 11:29 pm
Dragonchef
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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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Posted : March 1, 2019 12:11 am
Wulf Moon
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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,

~Moon~

JOIN THE WULF PACK! http://the super secrets.com
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 & BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“Muzik Man" in Deep Magic Fall 2020 wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss the Super Secret "Character Agency: I Need a Hero!" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
JUST RELEASED! BEST OF DEEP MAGIC ANTHOLOGY TWO! Three Super Secrets Workshop members made it into this best of the best anthology! KD Julicher, Brittany Rainsdon, and some guy named Wulf Moon. Click HERE to get yours!
NEXT MASTER CLASSES AT FYRECON ONLINE, NOV. 18-21ST. Click HERE before they are sold out once again!

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Posted : March 2, 2019 5:30 am
DaneCurley
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Cutting it close at this point. 2300 words in.

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Posted : March 6, 2019 12:39 am
Dragonchef
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Cutting it close at this point. 2300 words in.

You still have 3 weeks and 4 days. Esssssspresssssssooooooooo!

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Posted : March 6, 2019 12:45 am
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