I just got my first HM.
Now to figure out how to make the next jump. No time to rest on my current submission.
Congrats to those who have made finalist! Do you got any advice on how to make that leap from HM? All the blog posts seem to point to profundity.
My honest suggestion would be to trade critiques with other forumites. Critiquing someone else's work can help you learn about other writing styles, and receiving critiques can help you realize problems with your own stories. Don't accept or deny critiques outright, though--consider everything carefully. The goal is to write your story, not someone else's, but to write it as best you can.
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
2015, Q4: R
2016: SF, n/a, SHM, SHM
2017: SHM, n/a, F, R