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by wyndham
Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:45 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Wordtrip Changes AKA State of the Website
Replies: 47
Views: 42245

I've been working for and visiting Internet writing forums and publications for about five years and of the options you noted, I think the only one that really works is annual subscription fees to the site and/or a newsletter. None other than Writer Magazine tried restricted access to certain forums...
by wyndham
Sun Jan 16, 2005 8:23 pm
Forum: Pondering Poetry - Share poems, work on form, learn types of poetry
Topic: Poetry Contest: The Rose&Thorn
Replies: 0
Views: 1440

Poetry Contest: The Rose&Thorn

Hi All, I'm a fiction writer, not a poet, so I'm not familiar with this forum. Forgive me if this is not the correct place, but I did want to let you all know about this contest, because it is a great opportunity for newer writers. I hope these links come out, because I had to do a copy and paste so...
by wyndham
Tue Jun 29, 2004 8:06 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Gotham Writers' Workshop
Replies: 9
Views: 6125

Try going to the Zoetrope site instead of the GWW site. I think you will find it there. I also think that it only applies to the level II classes, so you would still have to complete the course you are taking first. It was worthwhile to have an instructor associated with Zoetrope. She used stories f...
by wyndham
Tue Jun 22, 2004 3:53 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Lack of flow
Replies: 36
Views: 18548

I'm not sure why you feel so strongly that you need to change. You seem to enjoy the process and when you tell us what you are trying to achieve, maybe going slowly is the only way. Everyone has their own style. Hemingway was one of those "exact" writers like you seem to aspire to being. Is there an...
by wyndham
Sat Jun 12, 2004 10:29 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Gotham Writers' Workshop
Replies: 9
Views: 6125

Sorry the WVU I'm referring to is Writer's Village University http://www.writersvillage.com I've been a member for a while, and I forget everyone doesn't know about it. For a fee you can take any number of free courses. In general I was more impressed with the peer feedback I got there than what I g...
by wyndham
Thu Jun 10, 2004 2:09 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Gotham Writers' Workshop
Replies: 9
Views: 6125

Hi, I'm on the next to the last week of a GWW workshop right now. It's the advanced one on short fiction. I don't recall what the exact name is. I'd give it mixed reviews. The good part is that you get instructor feedback and I like my instructor a lot. Also the weekly lectures are good and helpful,...
by wyndham
Tue Apr 27, 2004 8:29 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: The Invisible Writer
Replies: 16
Views: 8120

I agree with Patti. The best dialogue uses no tag lines at all, but that's hard to do if you have more than two people in the conversation. I'd also agree with the rule about adverbs modifying said. Now and again a word to replace said, though, can come in handy. For example, say someone in your sto...
by wyndham
Sun Apr 11, 2004 11:49 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Reading Fees
Replies: 27
Views: 18357

I didn't mean if you, specifically, are after your first publication. I meant if one is after his/her first publication. I would agree in your circumstances. If you already have several published pieces under your belt, why not enter some contests? Speaking from my own experience––three and possibly...
by wyndham
Sat Apr 10, 2004 6:38 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Reading Fees
Replies: 27
Views: 18357

If you're having trouble getting motivated, a contest can help. But I've reached the point now where I do keep my work circulating as much as possible. I'm no kid anymore and waiting six months to be able to submit someplace else is a big chunk of time. Especially since it would be my best work. Cha...
by wyndham
Sat Apr 10, 2004 2:14 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Reading Fees
Replies: 27
Views: 18357

I've read differing opinions on the value of contests. No doubt winning a well-known contest like Writer's Digest provides a boost to your career, but it seems to me that you tie up your work for an awfully long time (I haven't seen many that accept simultaneous submission) with pretty poor odds of ...
by wyndham
Sat Apr 10, 2004 8:55 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Who can relate to this?
Replies: 22
Views: 14402

I see writing like any other profession. You rarely start at the top i.e. you have to get published to be published. Add to that that most literary journals these days are non-profits. So unless they have a huge circulation, and most of them don't, they just can't afford to pay. Even with article wr...
by wyndham
Thu Apr 08, 2004 7:44 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Good at editing; problems with writing
Replies: 9
Views: 6134

Read about any well-known writer and most likely you will find that they had someone they trusted to review their work. It doesn't even have to be another writer, just as long at it is someone who can be honest and who can tell the good from the bad. I have someone I regularly exchange work with, an...
by wyndham
Fri Apr 02, 2004 7:19 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Finding Your Voice
Replies: 14
Views: 8626

Sometimes I get an idea that won't go away until I get the whole thing down, but mostly I start a lot of things then leave them for awhile. Every so often I go back to clean out my files and decide what's worth keeping and what should be trashed. Inevitably, something catches my attention.Either bec...
by wyndham
Thu Mar 25, 2004 7:31 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Killing characters
Replies: 81
Views: 43801

I recently read a book by a new acquaintance of mine that he had written some 30 years ago. One of the main characters is a serial killer and the other is this neat, but kind of lost guy who hitches a ride with him. All through the novel there was this sense of black doom hanging over it. You just d...
by wyndham
Thu Mar 25, 2004 7:20 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: help. How do you write a bio?
Replies: 6
Views: 4562

Wow, that's a lot of words for a bio. I can see how you're stumped. You might add something about why you started writing sci-fi, and if this is connected to a particular story being published, you might talk about that, e.g. where your idea came from, any particular difficulties you had with it etc...
by wyndham
Thu Mar 11, 2004 7:06 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Nicest and Most Thoughltess Rejection Letters
Replies: 14
Views: 8039

Nicest and Most Thoughltess Rejection Letters

Here's a topic we can all share--rejection. I'd like to know what you thought were the nicest and most thoughtless (or most humiliating) rejections you received. More than one to a category is acceptable. My nicest one was from an editor who almost accepted my story for an anthology, and she actuall...
by wyndham
Thu Mar 11, 2004 6:54 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Cover Letter Help
Replies: 25
Views: 16658

Well that is an accomplishment. I imagine WD gets thousands of submissions.
by wyndham
Thu Mar 11, 2004 4:30 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Dialogue
Replies: 21
Views: 11402

There's an interesting article in The Writer this month about the new trend to not even use quotation marks in dialogue, let alone tag lines. As to the he said/she said, I think a good writer doesn't need tag lines. It's clear who is talking just from the style, word choice, etc, especially when eac...
by wyndham
Tue Mar 09, 2004 6:50 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Cover Letter Help
Replies: 25
Views: 16658

I recommended this in another thread. I rely very heavily on Formatting&Submitting Your Manuscript. It's a Writer's Market book and I got in on Amazon. This will give you all the nuts and bolts like how many spaces to leave between the greeting and the body of your letter, etc. Little things we norm...
by wyndham
Fri Mar 05, 2004 3:55 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Help please
Replies: 10
Views: 7155

First let me say that I wish I had gotten serious at 19. Most of what you will learn will be from trial and error, so the earlier you start the better. I can't really recommend a book on writing, but I have gotten a lot out of online courses. Writers Village University is a particularly good one I f...
by wyndham
Thu Mar 04, 2004 5:19 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: You might be interested
Replies: 4
Views: 4368

Charles has it right. It's an ezine for writers associated with Writer's Village University. I volunteer as an assistant editor for the magazine, and I also write for them from time to time. Staff articles usually get held in reserve for when we are low on content. I posted something a while back. I...
by wyndham
Wed Mar 03, 2004 7:41 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: You might be interested
Replies: 4
Views: 4368

You might be interested

Many of us wonder from time to time if it's worthwhile paying someone to critique our work. I recently interviewed someone who does professional critiquing. The article, in a Q&A format, is in T-Zero Expandizine this month. If you're considering taking this step, you may want to check it out. http:/...
by wyndham
Thu Feb 26, 2004 7:30 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: oops....typos!
Replies: 5
Views: 4574

Funny you should ask. This isn't a misspelling, but it goes to show how hard it is to edit your own work. This was in our local newspaper today. "A 50-year-old...man admitted to sexually molesting his...stepdaughter on camera in the County Court of Common Pleas Wednesday." Since we don't live in Sod...
by wyndham
Fri Feb 13, 2004 7:00 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: What kind of writing do you do?
Replies: 52
Views: 28882

What kind of writing do you do?

I was just wondering what kind of writing the folks here do, and where they are with it.Just starting out? Published a novel? Looking for an agent? I thought it might be helpful to know who can help with what questions. I'll start. I write mostly short stories, though I've written some articles, mos...
by wyndham
Thu Feb 12, 2004 8:10 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Looking for articles on writing
Replies: 0
Views: 2544

Looking for articles on writing

OK, the newbie jumps right in. T-Zero Expandazine, the Writer's Ezine http://www.thewritersezine.com We are expanding our Craft of Writing and Business of Writing sections and need more articles. While we accept a lot of new writers, you should have experience regarding the topic of your piece -- re...

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