It seems like you gather all of your strength about you and charge directly at the thing you are trying to do before you lose your courage.
Entering a Contest is a lot like that! We send our words off to kind hearted judges, who in their wisdom marked it up and now it sits in our in boxes.
I know you have been eyeing it since the first time you opened it and were sure you’d faint dead away. Now it sits there waiting for you, only you’re not sure if you are brave enough to open it again.
Hints For Demystifying Judges’ Feedback:
*First Analyze the Feedback by filling out the form below. Do Not Even Think About the comments yet, or try to make sense of them. If you do, you will just get overwhelmed. Right now, just do a movement of Data.
*Fill out this form below. You can find a printable chart copy at: https://sites.google.com/site/minnesotaniceacfw/ Under the Resources Page
Type of Comments
Judge 1 Exp. Level & Genre: __________
Judge 2 Exp. Level & Genre: _________
Judge 3 Exp. Level & Genre: __________
|Compliments/Strong Elements In Your Writing|
|Recommendations for Spelling/Format/ Basic Grammar Rules|
|Recommendations For Plot/Tension/ Story Line/Hook|
|Recommendations For Character’s/ POV/ Journey of the Character|
|Recommendations For The Synopsis|
|Greatest Weaknesses (Top 3)|
*Developed By Michelle Lim email@example.com .
*Look through the comments and highlight any similarities in one color.
*Spend some time rereading the compliments.
*Before writing the three greatest weaknesses, consider the highlighted commonalities and also the level of skill and genre of the judge.
*Fill in the three weaknesses and determine which ones you will work on first.
*Divide the year into three parts and assign one skill to each third.
*Find Strong Resources on the skills you need help with and read, attend a workshop online or in person and practice the skills.
*Keep your score sheets to analyze your own personal growth from year to year. It may encourage you to see the amount your writing has improved, even if you don’t final in a contest.
Writing Craft Resources That I Recommend:
Writing a Break Out Novel By: Donald Maass
From the Inside Out, Deep And Wide, Kiss & Tell, and The Book Buddy. All From Susan May Warren and My Book Therapy.
Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View By: Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors By: Brandilyn Collins
Plot & Structure By: James Scott Bell
What resources or tips can you recommend for learning from contests?