First 250 Words Smash! #46
Most Wonderful Author: Erin CoplandMost Evil Critique Master: AnnieWorking Title: N/A

Zaima could hear a woman screaming from outside the door. She didn’t bother knocking, but limped into the little cottage and paused on the threshold. There was a scent of blood and stale sweat, and the feeble candlelight barely illuminated the main room, just enough to show a man sitting at a table.“Good evening, Goodman Tanner.”“Took you long enough.”“I’m afraid my mule has a bad leg, so I had to—” A woman’s scream cut her off. “Well. I’m here now.”Zaima moved to go into the back bedroom, but he blocked her way.

LOOK! The first critique from our new KSW Team! Read the rest of the intro and Annie’s thoughts about unpacking setting and working on pacing on the bloggity blog.
The other Teamers have been hard at work, so new intros will be going up soon. Submissions are still open, but only for a limited amount of spaces. Make sure you read through the guidelines carefully before submitting to us, and if you realized you messed up, you can always resubmit as long as we’re open.
(And if you have no idea what this word smash thing is, read this!)

First 250 Words Smash! #46

Most Wonderful Author: Erin Copland
Most Evil Critique Master: Annie
Working Title: N/A

Zaima could hear a woman screaming from outside the door. She didn’t bother knocking, but limped into the little cottage and paused on the threshold. There was a scent of blood and stale sweat, and the feeble candlelight barely illuminated the main room, just enough to show a man sitting at a table.

“Good evening, Goodman Tanner.”

“Took you long enough.”

“I’m afraid my mule has a bad leg, so I had to—” A woman’s scream cut her off. “Well. I’m here now.”

Zaima moved to go into the back bedroom, but he blocked her way.


LOOK! The first critique from our new KSW Team! Read the rest of the intro and Annie’s thoughts about unpacking setting and working on pacing on the bloggity blog.

The other Teamers have been hard at work, so new intros will be going up soon. Submissions are still open, but only for a limited amount of spaces. Make sure you read through the guidelines carefully before submitting to us, and if you realized you messed up, you can always resubmit as long as we’re open.

(And if you have no idea what this word smash thing is, read this!)

Guess what? The First 250 Words Smash submission box is open. Remember, we’re only taking on a limited number of entries, and we’ve already received a few, so get them in before we close!
Remember to read the guidelines carefully. Make sure you follow the protocol to make everything easier on us. All submissions sent that didn’t respect the guidelines will be deleted in exchange for those that did.
If you realize you messed up, that’s totally cool. You can still resubmit before we close the box. We all make mistakes!

Guess what? The First 250 Words Smash submission box is open. Remember, we’re only taking on a limited number of entries, and we’ve already received a few, so get them in before we close!

Remember to read the guidelines carefully. Make sure you follow the protocol to make everything easier on us. All submissions sent that didn’t respect the guidelines will be deleted in exchange for those that did.

If you realize you messed up, that’s totally cool. You can still resubmit before we close the box. We all make mistakes!

keyboardsmashwriters:

This is that head’s up I mentioned earlier! If you were looking to submit your intro, we’ll be reopening again this Sunday, April 6th, at noon o’clock PST. Make note of that time zone, because anything submitted before noon Pacific Standard Time shall be deleted.
Before you submit, please make sure you read the guidelines carefully. Submissions that very much reflect unread guidelines will be deleted in exchange for submissions that very much do reflect time taken to read the guidelines.
We’ll be taking the first 20 submissions, but don’t dillydally. The last time we were open, available spots were filled within a half hour.
Remember that all intros will now be tackled by a member of the KSW Team with some input from me. Also, please don’t ask any of the Teamers to do any additional beta reading or favors for you!
Anyway, I think that’s it. I’ve probably forgotten twelve things, but oh well. Can’t wait to see the new intros!

Reblogging for the morning crowd! Noon is in three hours![Also note I totally wrote the fifth instead of the sixth yesterday oooops! Much tired. Need sleep.]

keyboardsmashwriters:

This is that head’s up I mentioned earlier! If you were looking to submit your intro, we’ll be reopening again this Sunday, April 6th, at noon o’clock PST. Make note of that time zone, because anything submitted before noon Pacific Standard Time shall be deleted.

Before you submit, please make sure you read the guidelines carefully. Submissions that very much reflect unread guidelines will be deleted in exchange for submissions that very much do reflect time taken to read the guidelines.

We’ll be taking the first 20 submissions, but don’t dillydally. The last time we were open, available spots were filled within a half hour.

Remember that all intros will now be tackled by a member of the KSW Team with some input from me. Also, please don’t ask any of the Teamers to do any additional beta reading or favors for you!

Anyway, I think that’s it. I’ve probably forgotten twelve things, but oh well. Can’t wait to see the new intros!

Reblogging for the morning crowd! Noon is in three hours!


[Also note I totally wrote the fifth instead of the sixth yesterday oooops! Much tired. Need sleep.]
This is that head’s up I mentioned earlier! If you were looking to submit your intro, we’ll be reopening again this Sunday, April 6th, at noon o’clock PST. Make note of that time zone, because anything submitted before noon Pacific Standard Time shall be deleted.
Before you submit, please make sure you read the guidelines carefully. Submissions that very much reflect unread guidelines will be deleted in exchange for submissions that very much do reflect time taken to read the guidelines.
We’ll be taking the first 20 submissions, but don’t dillydally. The last time we were open, available spots were filled within a half hour.
Remember that all intros will now be tackled by a member of the KSW Team with some input from me. Also, please don’t ask any of the Teamers to do any additional beta reading or favors for you!
Anyway, I think that’s it. I’ve probably forgotten twelve things, but oh well. Can’t wait to see the new intros!

This is that head’s up I mentioned earlier! If you were looking to submit your intro, we’ll be reopening again this Sunday, April 6th, at noon o’clock PST. Make note of that time zone, because anything submitted before noon Pacific Standard Time shall be deleted.

Before you submit, please make sure you read the guidelines carefully. Submissions that very much reflect unread guidelines will be deleted in exchange for submissions that very much do reflect time taken to read the guidelines.

We’ll be taking the first 20 submissions, but don’t dillydally. The last time we were open, available spots were filled within a half hour.

Remember that all intros will now be tackled by a member of the KSW Team with some input from me. Also, please don’t ask any of the Teamers to do any additional beta reading or favors for you!

Anyway, I think that’s it. I’ve probably forgotten twelve things, but oh well. Can’t wait to see the new intros!

keyboardsmashwriters:

This is my first day off since Friday of last week and my only day off this week send help
So, for any new followers to the blog, I’ve just made some awesome changes to KSW. We held our first ever application process for the KSW Team! Your KSW Teamers are going to be critiquing the First 250 Words Smash intros with me, and then I’ll be making new KSW Writing Exercises based on these intros! I’ll also be writing little guides, or advice articles, on how to tackle these exercises with beefed up writing muscles.
After a long and super tough decision process, we finally settled on the final five KSW Teamers a couple weeks ago, and now everything’s finally put together. So, meet your new Team Members! Alrightalrightalright!
We’re all ready to dive right into work. If you submitted an intro to us when we were last open, we encourage you to revise and resubmit before we offer feedback. We’re sure you’ve gained some skills since you originally submitted! I’ll be assigning intros to our Teamers tomorrow, so make sure to get your revision in quickly.
If you’ve been looking to submit your intro for critique, I’ll probably be reopening submissions starting Sunday, so keep an eye out for that, and make sure you read the rules and prepare your intro in advance. It’s likely I’ll only accept a month’s worth of intros before closing again, and I don’t know how quickly spots will fill up (just that it will, in fact, be pretty darn quickly).
Happy writing!

I’m going to be getting to our collection of intros within the next couple of hours, so if yours didn’t receive a critique yet, you can still revise and resubmit!

keyboardsmashwriters:

This is my first day off since Friday of last week and my only day off this week send help

So, for any new followers to the blog, I’ve just made some awesome changes to KSW. We held our first ever application process for the KSW Team! Your KSW Teamers are going to be critiquing the First 250 Words Smash intros with me, and then I’ll be making new KSW Writing Exercises based on these intros! I’ll also be writing little guides, or advice articles, on how to tackle these exercises with beefed up writing muscles.

After a long and super tough decision process, we finally settled on the final five KSW Teamers a couple weeks ago, and now everything’s finally put together. So, meet your new Team Members! Alrightalrightalright!

We’re all ready to dive right into work. If you submitted an intro to us when we were last open, we encourage you to revise and resubmit before we offer feedback. We’re sure you’ve gained some skills since you originally submitted! I’ll be assigning intros to our Teamers tomorrow, so make sure to get your revision in quickly.

If you’ve been looking to submit your intro for critique, I’ll probably be reopening submissions starting Sunday, so keep an eye out for that, and make sure you read the rules and prepare your intro in advance. It’s likely I’ll only accept a month’s worth of intros before closing again, and I don’t know how quickly spots will fill up (just that it will, in fact, be pretty darn quickly).

Happy writing!

I’m going to be getting to our collection of intros within the next couple of hours, so if yours didn’t receive a critique yet, you can still revise and resubmit!

This is my first day off since Friday of last week and my only day off this week send help
So, for any new followers to the blog, I’ve just made some awesome changes to KSW. We held our first ever application process for the KSW Team! Your KSW Teamers are going to be critiquing the First 250 Words Smash intros with me, and then I’ll be making new KSW Writing Exercises based on these intros! I’ll also be writing little guides, or advice articles, on how to tackle these exercises with beefed up writing muscles.
After a long and super tough decision process, we finally settled on the final five KSW Teamers a couple weeks ago, and now everything’s finally put together. So, meet your new Team Members! Alrightalrightalright!
We’re all ready to dive right into work. If you submitted an intro to us when we were last open, we encourage you to revise and resubmit before we offer feedback. We’re sure you’ve gained some skills since you originally submitted! I’ll be assigning intros to our Teamers tomorrow, so make sure to get your revision in quickly.
If you’ve been looking to submit your intro for critique, I’ll probably be reopening submissions starting Sunday, so keep an eye out for that, and make sure you read the rules and prepare your intro in advance. It’s likely I’ll only accept a month’s worth of intros before closing again, and I don’t know how quickly spots will fill up (just that it will, in fact, be pretty darn quickly).
Happy writing!

This is my first day off since Friday of last week and my only day off this week send help

So, for any new followers to the blog, I’ve just made some awesome changes to KSW. We held our first ever application process for the KSW Team! Your KSW Teamers are going to be critiquing the First 250 Words Smash intros with me, and then I’ll be making new KSW Writing Exercises based on these intros! I’ll also be writing little guides, or advice articles, on how to tackle these exercises with beefed up writing muscles.

After a long and super tough decision process, we finally settled on the final five KSW Teamers a couple weeks ago, and now everything’s finally put together. So, meet your new Team Members! Alrightalrightalright!

We’re all ready to dive right into work. If you submitted an intro to us when we were last open, we encourage you to revise and resubmit before we offer feedback. We’re sure you’ve gained some skills since you originally submitted! I’ll be assigning intros to our Teamers tomorrow, so make sure to get your revision in quickly.

If you’ve been looking to submit your intro for critique, I’ll probably be reopening submissions starting Sunday, so keep an eye out for that, and make sure you read the rules and prepare your intro in advance. It’s likely I’ll only accept a month’s worth of intros before closing again, and I don’t know how quickly spots will fill up (just that it will, in fact, be pretty darn quickly).

Happy writing!

keyboardsmashwriters:

Hello, friends! I totally stayed up a lot later than I should have to read and reply to as many apps as I could — oops. But, finally, I’ve gone through all the ones we received and replied to everyone.
I made sure to check our spam box as well, so if you’ve applied and haven’t heard anything back from us yet regarding the sample critique, make sure to check your spam box as well. If there’s nothing, resend your app to us.
If this is the first time you’re hearing about this KSW Team app thingy, check out this post. Submissions are still open! YEAH!

Okay, so, we’ll be making our final decisions within the next few days. Victoria and I are going to deliberate on the remaining awesome applicants who’ve sent in their sample critiques.
If you applied and haven’t sent in your sample critique yet, you still can. You can also still send in your application for the KSW Team, but I’d recommend you do it soon! After we make our last decisions, we’ll be closing to new apps until further notice. So get to it.
After this, we’ll finally be able to get back to critiques and exercises and all that good stuff. WOO!

keyboardsmashwriters:

Hello, friends! I totally stayed up a lot later than I should have to read and reply to as many apps as I could — oops. But, finally, I’ve gone through all the ones we received and replied to everyone.

I made sure to check our spam box as well, so if you’ve applied and haven’t heard anything back from us yet regarding the sample critique, make sure to check your spam box as well. If there’s nothing, resend your app to us.

If this is the first time you’re hearing about this KSW Team app thingy, check out this post. Submissions are still open! YEAH!

Okay, so, we’ll be making our final decisions within the next few days. Victoria and I are going to deliberate on the remaining awesome applicants who’ve sent in their sample critiques.

If you applied and haven’t sent in your sample critique yet, you still can. You can also still send in your application for the KSW Team, but I’d recommend you do it soon! After we make our last decisions, we’ll be closing to new apps until further notice. So get to it.

After this, we’ll finally be able to get back to critiques and exercises and all that good stuff. WOO!

Hello, friends! I totally stayed up a lot later than I should have to read and reply to as many apps as I could — oops. But, finally, I’ve gone through all the ones we received and replied to everyone.
I made sure to check our spam box as well, so if you’ve applied and haven’t heard anything back from us yet regarding the sample critique, make sure to check your spam box as well. If there’s nothing, resend your app to us.
If this is the first time you’re hearing about this KSW Team app thingy, check out this post. Submissions are still open! YEAH!

Hello, friends! I totally stayed up a lot later than I should have to read and reply to as many apps as I could — oops. But, finally, I’ve gone through all the ones we received and replied to everyone.

I made sure to check our spam box as well, so if you’ve applied and haven’t heard anything back from us yet regarding the sample critique, make sure to check your spam box as well. If there’s nothing, resend your app to us.

If this is the first time you’re hearing about this KSW Team app thingy, check out this post. Submissions are still open! YEAH!

givemeallofyoursunshine ASKED:
Did you send out confirmation emails?! :D

Ohmygod.

I’ve spent the past several hours enjoying everyone’s applications so much that I’m only halfway through.

BUT, on the plus side, I’m halfway through! I’ll try to get through as many as I can tonight before I crash, and then I’ll finish up tomorrow. So, if you haven’t gotten your confirmation yet, rest assured and wait until the end of tomorrow!

Thanks, everyone! You’re all too fantastic.

If you missed this post on Saturday explaining what the heck’s going on with the blog, go check it out! You’ll find out all about joining the KSW Team there.
I’m SO thrilled that we’ve gotten a number of awesome applications so far. Tomorrow (Wednesday), I’ll be sending out the first wave of confirmation emails with a test intro to see everyone’s critiquing style.
If you were thinking of applying (or if this is the first time you’re seeing this), getting in your app by tomorrow, before I send out the first emails, will better your chances of snagging a spot on the team. I’m thinking of taking on anywhere from 5-10 team members, so it’s still up in the air.
Once you’ve read the post detailing what’s going on, go fill out the application!
(I’ll make a few more posts about this, so “ksw team applications" is your tag for tracking or blocking!)

If you missed this post on Saturday explaining what the heck’s going on with the blog, go check it out! You’ll find out all about joining the KSW Team there.

I’m SO thrilled that we’ve gotten a number of awesome applications so far. Tomorrow (Wednesday), I’ll be sending out the first wave of confirmation emails with a test intro to see everyone’s critiquing style.

If you were thinking of applying (or if this is the first time you’re seeing this), getting in your app by tomorrow, before I send out the first emails, will better your chances of snagging a spot on the team. I’m thinking of taking on anywhere from 5-10 team members, so it’s still up in the air.

Once you’ve read the post detailing what’s going on, go fill out the application!

(I’ll make a few more posts about this, so “ksw team applications" is your tag for tracking or blocking!)