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TimE
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https://courses.nationalcentreforwritin ... d-building

Free course.

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Posted : April 17, 2020 9:11 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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Been awhile since I posted anything here... I'm going to have to fix that.

In any case, I've found an article about writing women as characters (when one is a man) that I think bears mentioning. XD It's pretty solid stuff.

https://mailchi.mp/afdee19b2fb2/how-to- ... 067572fe54

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)
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Topic starter Posted : November 5, 2020 6:21 am
TimE
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Insights from Writing through to Publishing by Hugh Howey - Wool Trilogy.
https://hughhowey.com/writing-insights- ... -a-writer/

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Posted : January 10, 2021 12:56 am
Chezecaek
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I strongly recommend wordnik.com if you need an online dictionary/thesaurus. Extremely thorough and I no longer use anything else.

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Posted : January 11, 2021 11:49 am
TimE
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People get their knickers in a twist over pov issues that may well be down to varying narrative distance.
This is a good article. https://jerichowriters.com/narrative-distance/

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Posted : January 28, 2021 8:50 pm
TimE
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This is one of the better writing blogs with plenty of tips though not specifically f/sf. The link is to her 'Toolkit'.

This Itch of Writing: THE TOOL-KIT: the Itch of Writing Resources (typepad.com)

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Posted : April 7, 2021 2:14 am
Agathon
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Posted by: @rschibler

This http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/ is a fun site for story ideas, character names, or funky words.

This https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-7-types-of-short-story-opening-and-how-to-decide-w-5814687 is a format/creation site I like to peruse if I'm having trouble starting a story.

This http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/ is self-explanatory, but an excellent resource.

Finally, https://www.nature.com/ is a good site to check out for story fodder.

salute

The article on clichés in the sf-encyclopedia.com is amusing and excellent. Thanks, RSchibler!

Agathon McGeachy
Figure Sculptor, Mechanical Designer, Reformed Rakehell, Writer
Vol 37, Q2: HM
Vol 37, Q3: HM
Vol 37, Q4: HM
Vol 38, Q1: R
Vol 38, Q2: the waiting is the hardest part
Now in print: NIWA 2020 Anthology 'Escape' available on Amazon
Coming soon: NIWA 2021 Anthology 'Forbidden'

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Posted : April 13, 2021 12:26 pm
babooher
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Posted by: @rschibler

This http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/ is a fun site for story ideas, character names, or funky words.

 

I was looking for a term for something in my current WIP and this site gave me exactly what I needed. Thanks!

2012 Q4: R
2016 Q3: SHM
2019 Q2: HM, Q3: HM
2020 Q2: HM, Q4: SHM
2021 Q1: HM, Q2: SF, Q3: Waiting, Q4: WIP

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Posted : April 21, 2021 8:17 pm
babooher
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Need some help getting words on a page? Stuck in a revolving rut of revision? Try www.writeordie.com! I like to use it while my wife is sleeping in the same room. I turn the volume up as loud as I can knowing that I'll be killed, divorced, or wishing for both if I stop writing and the app screeches! Writeordie.com, get to writing--or else.

2012 Q4: R
2016 Q3: SHM
2019 Q2: HM, Q3: HM
2020 Q2: HM, Q4: SHM
2021 Q1: HM, Q2: SF, Q3: Waiting, Q4: WIP

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Posted : May 19, 2021 7:20 pm
TimE
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140 pages of tips from a judge - Orson Scott Card on how to write scfi and fantasy

https://archive.org/details/How_to_Write_Science_Fiction_and_Fantasy_by_Orson_Scott_Card/page/n1/mode/2up

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Posted : July 29, 2021 1:44 am
AliciaCay
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From Uncanny Magazine:
Uncanny Magazine will be reopening to Short Story Submissions on Wednesday, August 4. They will close again on Wednesday, September 1, at Midnight Central.
They're SFWA-qualifying, but with some nuances: 10c a word. 6000 words max, 750 words min. Unpublished material only.
https://uncannymagazine.com/submissions/?fbclid=IwAR0Kvko5lB0aIxeeaK6crds4iKhZK4LZho0grym0kJA3zFdvTb2TgMUOcv8

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From Diabolical Plots:
Diabolical Plots opens for submissions for August 1-14, 2021.
We also plan to have our first-ever themed submission window in October 2021, for the theme “Diabolical Pots”, food themed speculative fiction stories.  See the announcement post for more details.
Science Fiction, fantasy, speculative horror.  10 cents/word, up to 3500 words.
See the guidelines for more details. https://www.diabolicalplots.com/guidelines/

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From Third Flatiron:
Third Flatiron will be open July 19 - August 2 for submissions to its Fall SFFH short story anthology, tentatively titled, "Things With Feathers: Stories of Hope.” Pay rate for accepted stories is 8 cents/word, and some may be podcasted. Info at:
https://thirdflatiron.com/?fbclid=IwAR1hjV9YvY1AApMgTyt_9em9TqmIvWtOG2CDpZEL-KAUtxDyRb_KGk3Awd0
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From Kevin J. Anderson:

Announcing a new anthology, my third one produced with my grad students at Western Colorado University.
Open for submissions on August 30 6¢/word,. Hope to see something from you.
MIRROR, MIRROR:
Modern Myths
Executive Editor: Kevin J. Anderson
When you’re alone with your reflection, are you prepared for what you see?
A prince in disguise? A monster revealed? An alien race?
Mirrors can be truth-tellers, wish-granters, face-concealers, illusion-makers, even monster-summoners. Maybe the mirror shows an evil twin, or an echo of the life that should have been. Or a portal to another world.
What happens when it shatters?
Once upon a time, no one knew the phrase “Once upon a time.” You’ve read the classic stories. Now write the lore you’ve always wanted to read. Explore this creative challenge from your own unique perspective informed by your roots, culture, and background. We want original fables, folklore, and fairy tales for an eclectic anthology showcasing a new dawn of an old artform.
Imagine a canon of diverse characters for today’s readers to love and loathe. Gaze into the mirror, whether literally or figuratively—classic or genre-bending, grim or whimsical, as long as it is new and fresh.
We are looking for original short stories (prose poems will also be considered) to include a mix of fantasy, science fiction, horror, magical, and romance elements. Must be appropriate for a “PG-13” audience. Please, no copyrighted characters. Previously unpublished stories only. Women, BIPOCs, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse individuals, and other minorities are strongly encouraged to submit.
Length: up to 5000 words (firm limit)
Rate: 6¢/word on acceptance.
Rights: First Anthology Rights and audio rights as part of the anthology; rights revert to author one month after publication; publisher retains non-exclusive right to include in the anthology as a whole.
Due: We are open to submissions from August 30 through October 15, 2021.
Submit: A Microsoft Word or RTF file in standard manuscript format to
One submission per person, please. NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS.
Edited by Kevin J. Anderson with an editorial team provided by Western Colorado University Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Publishing MA students. Anthology made possible by a generous contribution from Draft2Digital.

V32: HM (Q4)
V33: HM, HM, SHM, HM
V34: R, R, HM, HM
V35: HM, HM, R, HM
V36: R, R, SHM, R
V37: SHM, FINALIST, HM, SHM
V38: SF, X, tbd
Ten story publications! (including Air and Nothingness Press, Third_Flatiron, and three with WordFire Press ♥)
https://aliciacay.com

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