Well, last week was my second attempt at this. I felt pretty intimidated, as there are a lot of talented writers on this board. My first story wasn't all that well received, as I think I treated it a bit lightly. The only idea I got was silly, so I wrote silly. But most members at LH are looking to publish, so I got mixed reviews.
So I was a bit nervous this time. These folks are great in their critiquing, as in they're honest while -- in the nicest way -- candid about suggesting how to improve not only your story but your overall writing ability.
I was absolutely stoked when my second story got some very encouraging reviews and feedback.
It started innocently enough. I kept checking to see if anyone else had read it. Oh, they liked it too. Oh wow, they really liked it...
Then I got my first vote for "Best". Praise the Lord!
10 minutes later, I'm checking again.
5 minutes later.
And then I realized it. Liberty Hall is like crack. One little bit, and I'm wanting more, more, MORE!
I realize, of course, that the voting means nothing. I've been on cloud nine all weekend, and my head has only required deflating twice. But really, I find myself wishing less people liked it. A few gave general suggestions for improvement, but I am so new at this that I don't even really know where to go from there. Oh, why couldn't they tear it apart sentence by sentence and tell me how to REALLY wow them?
Yes, it's a drug and I'm hooked. I suppose there could be worse things than knocking out a story a weekend. But considering that I've started-and-not-finished about 657,098,324 stories over the years, I figure I'll stick with it a while. And the best part, at least there's ample encouragement to GET IT OUT THERE and start the rejection-collection process.
Check out Liberty Hall if you want to try to join.
And check out The Supercool Zoomquilt if you want to see the trigger I picked for this week.