Hi Chris welcome to FW! This is an awesome site filled with all kinds of people. That's one of the things that drew me here was that there is such a diversity We have talented teens all the way to great grandparents. There are sci-fi writers and my favorite is children's stories. There are also devotions, Biblical fiction, historic fiction, testimonials and just about everything in between.
There are also authors who have been published several times over and those who have only written in their journals.
I'm so glad you entered the challenge already. I have learned so much from the challenge. I've learned to tighten up my sentences. I can be a tad chatty at times and have add to cut words out until they made a huge pile on the cutting room floor.
The feedback in those little gold boxes have been divine. many people leave wonderful comments, but for me I cherish the ones who offer constructive criticism. It may sting a bit at first, but once I assure myself that the person is coming from a place of love, I'm almost always better off for their comments, even when I don't agree.
Once someone mentioned I started every paragraph with a name or pronoun. I remember thinking that must be an exaggeration! As it turned out, I had started almost every sentence that way!
I find I have learned a lot by commenting on other stories too. It helps to know what I like or what doesn't work for me. I used to worry about being too inexperienced to leave feedback but then I thought I may only have been writing seriously for a short time but I've been reading for over 40 some years!
Again welcome. Don't hesitate to ask any questions or to jump into any discussions or to leave feedback on any story. I look forward to reading your work and hope you're thinking of a story for accent. Oh once the judges have read all of the stories, you can TOSS a brick which means leave a link for your story to get more feedback. You have to wait for the all clear. It can vary from Saturday to Tuesday. Here is a link that will give you more info viewforum.php?f=56
Have fun and