Checking In On Our First Official Writing Challenge: It's Not Too Late To 'Scare Us!'
We're past the halfway point of July, which means the submission process for our first official writing challenge, Scare Us!, will soon draw to a close. We figured this was a good time to check in and take a measure of things.
Since the contest kicked off, we've had 58 stories submitted (as of last night). When I checked last night all but one story had at least one comment--and that story was the latest to be submitted, so I'm sure it's gotten a little love by now.
We've got some good discussion going on in the forum, in the challenge's official thread.
But the best part? The very best thing, that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy? The comments on the stories are helpful, and encouraging, and even when they're negative they're constructive, and it looks like people are taking the suggestions and making their stories stronger. This is what it's all about, folks. A little fun, a little bonding, and all of us improving our craft.
And this ain't over yet. You've got until the end of the month. Here's what you can do:
If you're a writer
Are you working on something? Finish it. Have you not started yet? Get cracking. It's perfectly feasible to write something and get it up, and you know what? It doesn't need to be brilliant. It doesn't need to be perfect. It just needs to be written, and all that takes is you. Our community of writers is here to help, to support, and to encourage. Take advantage of that!
If you're a reader
There are some great, great stories submitted to the challenge so far. I was thinking of highlighting a few, but honestly, I don't want to--the work is so good, I don't want to play favorites. But I will say this--go in and read some. Leave some comments. You don't need to submit a story to read and rate. Anyone can get in on this game. And you never know--the writers you're reading today might be tomorrow's best-sellers.
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