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D.W. Behrend from New Jersey is reading Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield August 29, 2016 - 8:17am

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to say hello. I joined the site a while back to peruse, but now have opted to get more involved. I'll be taking a class in September and look forward to talking and possibly working with some of you on various writing-related endeavors. 

Right now, I'm looking to improve my work habits and daily output in order to be more productive. I love writing, but I end up putting it off for so many other things (work, family, etc.) and I end up only writing in little spurts here and there. In my profile, I said my genre is horror; but I tend more toward the weird and odd than the gory. I also write the occasional "mainstream"/non-genre kind of short story. 

Again, I look forward to meeting new folks here and improving my writing.

All the best,

Dave B. 

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal August 29, 2016 - 8:49am

Post a paragraph!

 

Also, I'm always curious: how'd you find the place?

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D.W. Behrend from New Jersey is reading Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield August 29, 2016 - 9:46am

How did I find the place? That's a good question! It was a while back, but I believe I was googling for online writing courses, and it led me here. 

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smithreynolds from Spokane, WA USA is reading The writing on the wall. August 29, 2016 - 10:39am

Hi Dave. Gail here. Welcome here. Or welcome back I guess. Nice to meet you.

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Daltonwriting from Charlotte, NC is reading As many short story collections as I can get my hands on August 29, 2016 - 10:55am

Welcome and happy writing.

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman August 29, 2016 - 5:15pm

Welcome!

Which class are you signed up for?

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D.W. Behrend from New Jersey is reading Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield August 29, 2016 - 5:50pm

Hi everyone. Thanks for the kind welcomes.

helpfulsnowman, I am signed up for the "Publish or Perish" course. I have a few stories that I think are ready (or maybe just close to ready) for submission, and I want to learn some good approaches. I have submitted a few stories, but only one publication so far. It was a Halloween-themed flash fiction piece.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel August 29, 2016 - 9:50pm

Welcome to the pit.

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D.W. Behrend from New Jersey is reading Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield September 2, 2016 - 7:04am

So I decided to change my user name to my byline - D.W. Behrend. RIP P.H. Craftlove. 

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smithreynolds from Spokane, WA USA is reading The writing on the wall. September 2, 2016 - 7:30am

Welcome D.W.   Gail here. Great to have you on board.

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal October 9, 2016 - 9:56pm

EDIT

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(the hell just happened, why'd I post here?)

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natureislelove January 21, 2017 - 2:05am

Hi everyone.

I'm Vickie, from the Caribbean island of Dominica(the english speaking small mountainous island).  I am interested in writing - so far i've written poems and working on a story.  I'm also doing an online course and will be doing a few more.  I have writing as a past time & hobby but i think its time i build on this skill.  Found this site via a facebook post in a group which i'm a part of.

Hoping to meet new friends here who'll encourage & help me hone my skill along. I would love to improve my writing and become a better writer.

Thanks anyways, in advance for your friendship and advice.

All the best.

Vickie a.k.a Natureislelove

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smithreynolds from Spokane, WA USA is reading The writing on the wall. January 21, 2017 - 9:16am

Hi Vickie. Gail here. Welcome to the "Lit".  I highly recommend the WRiter's Workshop and all the great craft essays on this site. Look inot everything, and have fun. Glad to have you on board.

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal January 21, 2017 - 7:14pm

@vickie aka natureislove

what's your story about?

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Kedzie from the SF Bay Area is reading The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien January 22, 2017 - 3:21am

Welcome Vickie,

This site has a Writers Workshop. It costs about $45 for a six month membership. You can post your story there and get helpful, constructive feedback designed to make your story better.

There are also many great classes on this site. For short stories, one of the best is Short Story Mechanics with Richard Thomas. This class is offered about once every 90 days and tends to fill up quickly, so plan to register early. Taking this class will give you the tools needed to construct the type of short stories that keep readers interested and coming back fror more.  

Good luck! 

 

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D.W. Behrend from New Jersey is reading Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield January 24, 2017 - 9:10am

Hello Vickie. Welcome to LitReactor (and my thread?). 

I can certainly vouch for Kedzie's testimony re. Richard's Short Story Mechanics class. I am in the current session, and it's one of the best writing courses I've taken (either in person or online). You get a great amount of useful and specific feedback. Richard also provides some great story examples and explains what makes them work. The word "mechanics" is very properly used in this context. 

Cheers,

Dave