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LDWriter2
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I have never started one of these and this might be a bit early, but I have something to say about Q4 so using a quote from Q3:


Anybody entering a story for Q3? Or anybody want to accept the challenge to get one ready? I'll start the crit group here. Who wants to join?

This thread/group is a good place to:
-Update/vent about your progress on your Q3 story.
-Ask for/offer crits on Q3 stories.
-Encourage each other to get our Q3 stories polished and finished.
-Pool our knowledge and help each other rise to our best stories.

Submission due date for Q3 is June 30.
1 rule (which Dr. Bob was nice enough to teach me last quarter): don't include more than a general genre description and story length when discussing your story on the forum, to avoid disqualification from the contest.

Just reply to join the group.

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Okay, now what I want to say,

I will be doing Q4, but what I also want to say is that I may have part of the story, but that may not be enough.

I had a dream about a WotF story the other night. For once when I dreamt about writing, I recall a portion of the story. Someone with a catapult was throwing rocks at someone. One catapult and it wasn't a military battle--that's it, all I remember. But what is significant is that I had gotten the story back from WotF and was reading comments by Dave. In the dream it hit me, hey he only critiques semi-finalists that means this is a semi. I had received no word how far the story had gotten before receiving the story back and evidently nothing with the story to say, so I assumed it was a rejection.


Now if I can do a story with, from what I can recall, one page or so of writing.

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Dirk Hairychest
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Hey, I'm in for Q4. I got a late start and missed Q3, so I will begin work on a new story I've been thinking about and choose the lesser of two evils.
And now that I think if it, it will be the lesser of 3 evils. I have a previous story of mine that was rejected that I would like to rework, the one I just had LD crit for Q3, and a my new one!

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Count me in again. Send something my way whenever you like.

Does receiving two rejections and two HM's out of four submissions mean I'm exactly half bad?

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Earlier I could say--and did elsewhere--that I had nothing yet for Q4. Not even an inspiration--totally zero.

Well, I do have something after all, while I was waiting for my laptop to boot up a few hours ago, then for it to open a forum--the laptop is slower then this computer--I was thinking about an idea for a new novel and trying to decide when to start it. I thought: maybe a novella or short stories would be better. The short story made me think of WotF and Q4. Hmmm, my idea has some originality to it, two or three try-fail cycles come with it. Setting, the five senses, a strong ending, and anything else I need would be up to me. Hmmm, I know the opening already--a setting there would be easy. We shall see--I may start it this weekend. So how much more work--if any--I have to do with my files on smashwords and CreateSpace.

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Oh, boy just came up with another idea. Thought about it and it could be better than my other idea in one way. It would be shorter--not super short though.

So I may go ahead and save the original idea for a novel.

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Okay I changed the story I am writing for Q4. In a way it's related to the story I sent in for Q3, but completely different characters, scenes, setting etc.
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After not having submitted anything to WotF in over a year (probably longer), I might actually have a story this time around.

However...I've workshopped it a few months ago on the 1st 13 short story board. I'm thinking that act might be enough to disqualify this story from WotF consideration. What say you?

S!

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Depends on what you mean. If you sent it to people to read it, as I think you mean. That should be okay.


If you placed it on a forum like this one, that would be different. It might depend on if it was password protected or one a lot of pro writers go to.

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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Putting only 13 lines on this forum should not disqualify your WoTF submission.

If you intend to submit it with the title you gave the 13-line topic here, that could affect your anonymity, but you can change the title here on the forum topic, and that should suffice.

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quote:
If you intend to submit it with the title you gave the 13-line topic here, that could affect your anonymity
Not an issue, since I didn't give it a title. But, I'm wondering since, in the critiqies, a main character's name was mentioned more than once. I personall don't see such a scenario being a deal breaker, but I do know there are benefits to being paranoid. [Big Grin]

S!

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I'm in. Not sure what story I'm going to write, but I'll come up with something.
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Steve,
I'm sure you're fine. I imagine the 13 will change anyway...

You should be able to edit your own post, so you can do that, unless someone copied the whole thing. Still, it's buried and, I don't think one of the judges will come and read it and say, that Steve 46th dude is Xxx Xxx in real life and he's a finalist this quarter so he's toast.

Nah, you're good. [Smile]

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The opening for my story will be redone. If Dave didn't like my Q3's he won't like this one. Instead I may end up sending in a reject from a couple of quarters ago. It's the one I mentioned on a previous thread that may not have had the pages numbered. If it gets a good check over that may help it.

I will wait and see by this weekend though.

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