Ever wanted to try your hand at writing outside your usual genre or comfort zone? Some time ago I discovered an interesting and easy-to-use website to do just that — and get feedback from readers. The site is called BookRix. It’s hosted in Germany and so you can post stories or poems in English or German. Here’s how the site operators describe it:
BookRix is an internet portal and the first book community where anyone can place their own books, short stories, poems, etc. to be promoted on the web, just like a published piece. The massive Web 2.0 - Projects, which have been hugely popular with music, video and photography fans, now have a sister platform, which will delight literature fans around the world: BookRix.
BookRix provides an online destination where authors can showcase their work. Registered users will get to design their own personal profile page. This gives users the opportunity to create their own books, recommend their favorite literature and promote themselves as authors and/or readers.
To date I’ve posted four short stories: a straight mystery, a gay mystery, a suspense tale, and a gentle comedy of manners. And I’ve read some interesting works in various genres. By the way, I use the site under a longstanding pen name: D.J. Reid. As of this writing the most popular of my stories has been “Corpse in the Kitchen,” about an off-duty police officer who comes home from the grocery to find a dead man lying on his kitchen floor. So far the story has garnered 755 “clicks” (readings) and a potpourri of comments. It can be read at http://www.bookrix.com/_title-en-d-j-reid-corpse-in-the-kitchen.
For interesting reading and fun experimenting with writing, I recommend BookRix.