• Great list! I also tend to be wordy and would like to develop skills in saying more with less. I also struggle with tense/POV. I look forward to learning together with you on this journey!

  • Love these goals, Patrick! Especially finishing things. Its easy to start new projects, but never easy to finish them. I joined the 12-stories challenge in January and I have gained so much confidence as a writer (even though I am definitely still a very green beginner) and I’m hoping this challenge pushes me to learn even more – and finish more…[Read more]

  • I like the Give Up/Get Up goals idea! I also particularly like your first “not so concrete” goal for this course – Finish Things. Neil Gaiman is my writing hero and that is his #1 piece of advice for aspiring writers. In the act of finishing things you learn so much, and the next thing you finish is bound to be better than the last. I am also…[Read more]

  • Great goals! You sound pretty experienced already. I like your thought about exploring genres you wouldn’t normally write, or even read. That can be a hard one, but so necessary to grow as a writer. I look forward to reading your work!

  • Thanks, John! You, as well!

  • My writing goals by Deb S.


    When I was in high school I took an English class that really challenged me. Every English class I’d had up until that point had been focused on essays, concise and to-the-point, s […]

    • Good luck on your journey! Keep plugging!

    • Thanks, John! You, as well!

    • Some of the best storytellers are those who have a scientific or legal background — the analysts. Your analytical and scientific mind gives you a leg up in my opinion because you have the background for the makings of interesting stories.

      Best wishes with your goals . If you are authentically you with your writing, please don’t get deterred by what your mother will think. If she has to “think” something, at least let it be based on the real you and what you really want to write.

      Happy writing! I look forward to reading some of your work.

    • Those are great goals. Daily writing is crucial and the more you write, the more the images flow. Silencing the critic can be hard – whether it’s your mother or a literary critic, but it’s important to give yourself permission to write without value judgements.
      You’re on a solid path. See you next Wednesday!

  • Hi Rebeca, Nice twist at the end! Definitely unexpected but made perfect sense. I agree with Timaeus, I could hear the Irish accent from the way your wrote the dialogue, well done. Enjoyed this!

  • Hi Michael, it took me a minute to figure out it was the killer who was on the table at the coroner’s office, and not one of the victims. I love the spare writing style, the dialogue really works. It leaves me wondering how long Bill has been chasing the creature, what their history is – a great set-up for an exciting longer read, if you ask me!…[Read more]

  • Hi Seyi! What you have achieved with the word count here is tremendous. The slim format, like someone just telling a story in conversation, was a great fit. And I definitely giggled when I reached the ending. As usual, very well done!

  • Hi Ismael, I think one hallmark of a great story is that you get more out of it on the second or third read, once the ending is revealed, and you have achieved that here. The opening quote is a wonderful tool to describe the character of the killer, making her attractive to the reader – stylish, intellectual, cultured. The woman’s conversation…[Read more]

  • Hi Dionne, Nicely done writing from the creature’s perspective. The setting was indistinct, but when described from a non-human’s point of view, it wouldn’t make perfect sense to the reader, at first. Great sensory details. I would love to read more!

  • Hi Marcena, I definitely want to know what will happen next, because I suspect things are not what they appear somehow! I hope there is more coming. Interesting story, well done.

  • Hi Ismael, Hmm catch-and-release, I hadn’t thought of it that way, I like it! Thanks for the read, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • Hi Cat, What a unique perspective, that of the ‘clean up crew’ after the monsters play – great idea! I agree with Seyi on the tenses, but just an editing issue. Rosa has probably has an interesting story to tell of what she has seen over the years. Well done!

  • Hi Dionne, Thanks for the read! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Hi Marcena, Thanks for the read! I’m glad it was still a twist at the end, I was worried I telegraphed what was coming too much. I’m happy you liked it!

  • Hi Cat, Glad you liked it! Thanks for the read.

  • Unrequited by Deb S.
    “What? Why?” he asked. He deflated. There were those puppy-dog eyes.

    “It’s not you. It’s me.” She cringed. Holding onto the sweet ones was not a good idea. No matter how it ended, she […]

    • Oh my word! I love the take on the prompt.

    • Hello Deb,
      I enjoyed this story. I liked your use of character development, taking the reader on an adventure with the main character and her appetite. Nice twist in the last paragraph too and creative use of the prompt. Great work!

      • Hi Marcena, Thanks for the read! I’m glad it was still a twist at the end, I was worried I telegraphed what was coming too much. I’m happy you liked it!

    • Wonderful story.

    • Hi Deb,
      A thoughtful, sentimental predator catches and releases untasty prey. Interesting tale you have written. I liked the internal conflict of your MC and the way she handled her ‘problem’.
      Very well put together. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

      • Hi Ismael, Hmm catch-and-release, I hadn’t thought of it that way, I like it! Thanks for the read, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    • Hey Deb, great bit of misdirection here. My mind went everywhere but to a ‘catch and release’ (as Ismael describes it). I like the build-up and your descriptions of the rejected (lucky) young man. His utterly confused line ‘What place? The restaurant?’ is brilliant, and I only got the weight of it afterward. Well done with this, and best regards. Seyi

  • Hi Becky, thanks for the read! I am glad you enjoyed it!

  • Becky, what a beautiful, poignant read. Really enjoyed this, and hope you add to it… then again, it might just be perfect ending the way it does… the mystery for the reader of the end of the scavenger hunt paralleling the mystery of life and death; the way those who have passed on keep living in a way, as part of their friends’ and families’…[Read more]

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