This is like a testimony in progress, especially aimed at the newbies here who may become frustrated or
disinterested for whatever reasons......
I came here with only 2 short stories written......zero published. since being here and following the great criticisms
i received on my works in "the workshop" from members like chris miller, jonm, tiamat10, kyle colorado and others
...plus the confidence building and gracious praise on submitted works from sunny, josh.townley and others...plus learning
about sites like P&E and duotrope and other means to getting work published...not only have i written 2 more short stories,
but am now over a 1/3 the way done with a novel.
of the 4 short stories i've written, the 2 i wrote after learning what i have from this forum were accepted for publication
fairly quickly. i wouldn't have changed my writing style a bit on those, if not for chris, jonm, and kyle. and today, the 1st
story i ever wrote just got accepted, thanks to this site teaching me about duotrope and how to place it perfectly. i'm 3
out of 4 now. ha.
i just wanted to say that this site is great. this old dog may still have a few tricks left. one of the best decisions i ever
made was finding this place and registering here.