Monday, June 23, 2014

Contest Confidence

My entry in the Wisconsin Fab 5 contest took 5th place overall. Naturally, I am thrilled. This means I have come a long way on my quest to be a good storyteller.

I hope I will receive some comments from the final round judge. I would take them seriously, as I have done with the first round judges' comments. These aren't people who know me or would be concerned about my feelings.

A published author who judged in the first round suggested that I shake up my opening. Cowgirl saves ranch is somewhat cliche. This fits with my recent Deep Story plotting session, where I realized that hero saved by heroine made for a stronger story line.

The contest feedback was as good, I feel, as an editor in a publishing house. I am certain now that I can write a publishable story. Yippee!!


  1. That's great, Ana! Good luck with it.

  2. Way to go, Ana! Fifth overall is a great accomplishment.

    I always love contest judge feedback. The anonymous factor of it allows a fabulously unbiased, honest opinion of a mss. I hope you find the final round comments as useful as the first round.

  3. Thank you, Debra. Contest comments are like a super beta read--blunt and useful.