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May 10th, 2007

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03:23 pm - Final FFF Contest Update (For Me, Anyway)
The votes were tallied, the judges have spoken, and the results are in.
I didn't win the grand prize, an all-expense paid trip to sunny, scenic... oh wait, wrong prize. No free critique from a real live agent for me.

On the one hand, I'm disappointed.
On the other, hey, that's life. So I wasn't the very best out of a random assortment of 250 writers. I can accept that. The winner (#102, go check them out at http://community.livejournal.com/fangs_fur_fey/100742.html )worked hard, and will undoubtedly go places with this. If I'd won, I'd probably have stressed, and ended up sending crappy work in to the agent anyway. This way, I can continue to work at my pace, especially since now I've actually -started-. And for me, starting is the hard part.

This contest was a valuable, useful experience for me. Writing my hook. Reading other hooks. Reading critiques. Writing 5 pages, reading other 5 pages, reading critiques.

Rest assured, world. There -will- be a Nick St. Claus novel sooner or later. Because now I know it's all about pacing...

And once again, I have to give major shout-outs to the writers of Fangs, Fur and Fey for taking the time and effort to give back a little to their unpublished colleagues. Classy bunch.

The winning announcement can be found at http://community.livejournal.com/fangs_fur_fey/108148.html. And it's never to late to go to http://community.livejournal.com/fangs_fur_fey/102711.html#cutid1 to see my 5 pages, if you're in to that sort of thing.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have work to do. :>
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Date:May 10th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
I appreciate you saying that. :>
One of the important things I've brought away from the contest is the commentary that I have a good grasp on voice and character and concept, so I know I don't need to worry overly much there, and I can concentrate on things like plot and pacing.

I just have to buckle down and write the hell out of this. But I'm happy to know my beginning is on the right track.
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Date:May 10th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Voice, character and concept are the most important things, IMO. Plot and pacing can be fixed, but bad voice, characters or concept are insurmountable flaws.

Good luck!

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