A Writer's Journey

April 8, 2013

Contest Results

So, back on New Year’s, I made a list of things I wished to accomplish in 2013. One of them was to enter at least one writing competition. Which I did! I entered the Connecticut Romance Writers of America’s “The Write Stuff” contest. They e-mailed us the results a couple weeks ago.

I wasn’t a finalist. But this isn’t a sad thing. Am I disappointed? I was, at first. I was hoping to be a finalist. But attached to the e-mail were copies of my manuscript with the judges’ notes. I opened them with trepidation. After all, I hadn’t been a finalist. How bad were the comments going to be?

Not bad. They were actually good! Naturally, there are some things I need to work on—otherwise I’d be a finalist. But there was a lot the judges liked. They liked my opening paragraph—which I am proud of. Especially my first line. I remember my high school creative writing class and how important the first line can be.

I have to work on balancing showing and telling. And I’ll need to kill some of my darlings. More on what a darling is next week. But it was definitely a shot to my confidence. So I’m back at work, editing “The Wedding Game.” Yay!

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