An Ode to WRiTE Club

We talk often in the blogverse about how supportive writers are of other writers, and it's true.  We're all very blessed to have found each other.  And then there are those who take it a step further and not only cheer us on, but give us a platform in which to share our writing and receive useful feedback. One such person is D.L. Hammons, who's turned his Cruising Altitude 2.0 blog into a stage for writers---or more accurately, a fighting ring.  But it's the friendliest fighting ring you'll ever see.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday D.L. pits two anonymous writing samples of under 500 words against each other and anyone who signs up on this linky gets to vote for the one that knocked them out.  We're also invited to offer constructive critiques of both pieces. It's a highly educational exercise just to scroll through the comments. 

So what does all this have to do with the Insatiable vixen above?  Welllll, I dusted off an old short story and polished a small sample to enter into the first iteration of WRiTE Club under the penname Art Gallery.  I made it to the final 6 and along the way received such positive feedback that I decided to give the rest of the 2,000 word story a fresh edit. I recently found a literary magazine that I thought would be a good fit aaaand---they agreed!  I'm ecstatic to announce that my short story, Impressionism 101, will be included in the debut issue of Insatiable Magazine, a new publication of White Cat Pubications.

I'm quite certain this piece would still be gathering dust if WRiTE Club hadn't sparked me with the desire to share it with a wider audience and if all the lovely commenters hadn't been so enthusiastic.  Thanks D.L. for all your hard work and to every single person who takes the time to read and comment on the entries. If you haven't participated in WRiTE Club yet, the door is always open (just remember to sign up at the linky).

***Regularly scheduled programming for The Next Big Thing will resume next week, in which I'll answer TWO questions to make up for skipping this week. Ooooooh***


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is great, Nicki! And White Cat has a new magazine? Awesome.

DL Hammons said...

I'm so proud of what you've accomplished and the part WRiTE CLUB played in it. This is the realization of the vision I had when I began the competition last year, which was just another way to tap into the support our blogosphere offers. White Cat chose wisely! Congratulations again!! :)

Heather Murphy said...

I'm so happy for you. This is awesome! I need to check out White Cat
And thanks again to D.L. for all the hard work that goes into WRiTE CLUB

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Competition among writers is definitely the theme these days. Even Amazon does it by creating new author ranks for people to battle it out to reach the popular kids' table.

I wonder if it's all just Darwinian evolution pervading other aspects of our lives. If you fail in the rink then you aren't fit to survive.

Hmmm, the more I think about it, the more I think that's really dystopian. Like the Hunger Games. I don't think I much care to live in the world of the Hunger Games.

Janie Junebug said...

I'm so happy for my sweet Veb! You go, girl.

Love, Love, Love,

Janie Junebug

David List said...

I just read your 2011 submission. Very original. Congratulations on your success with it, you deserve it. I'm excited to see what's going to happen this year.

Tara Tyler said...

stupendous news!! that write club has turned out some very cool writing skills!

Michael Di Gesu said...
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Michael Di Gesu said...

WOW, Nicki,

THAT IS FANTABULOUS!!!!! I am so happy and proud of you.

I just love reading stories like yours about people making it in our industry... some day, some day. LOL;

For me I just keep spinning my wheels and no where to go. LOL.

It's been ages. Let's catch up soon.


Jennifer Lane said...

That is the COOLEST news, Nicki! I'm thrilled for you. As I recall, Impressionism is how E found you, right? :-D

I'm officially two weeks behind on The Next Best Thing LOL.

Suze said...

'I recently found a literary magazine that I thought would be a good fit aaaand---they agreed!'

Yeh-hay! How much do I love reading this?! Wonderful news, Stevie Nicks. ;)

Susan Oloier said...

Congratulations, Nicki. That is way exciting.
And DL is great. I am so sad that I couldn't find the time to participate in his Write Club this time around :-(