Friday, November 5, 2010

Well, that was brutal...

I received my first critiques from a writing contest today. Really, my first critiques ever.

Wow, evidently I suck at this and no has bothered to tell me.

First, let me say Thank You to the judges who took the time to leave specific comments and feedback. I appreciate it and I am sure when I am done wallowing in self-pity, I will put those comments to good use.

I understand constructive criticism and all of the comments, even the negative ones, were delivered as professionally and gently as possible. I am still pouting.

This has been a rough week. I felt terrible most of the week. I can't get past the first 1000 words of my NaNo and my husband is gone until Sunday. So, I don't have anyone to point out "They said you had a good premise." or "This one said you had a nice voice."

There were positive comments.

But what I see is  I don't know how to use punctuation. I have a weak hook and don't write natural dialogue.
If my manuscript would have been an English assignment and the score sheet a rubric, I would have received a 59 at worst or 74 at best. Being a teacher, that says something to me.

I am not giving up. I will use the comments, make the changes and submit to the Great Expectations Contest. But for tonight, I am going to cry and drown my disappointment in chocolate ice cream.

and possibly admit NaNoWriMo defeat.


Amy DeTrempe said...

Sorry the comments didn't build you up. I've had so many critique partners get similar comments when I thought it was great. Sometimes it is just hard to understand. Eat some chocolate, shed a few tears and get back to work.

Dawn said...

Thank you, Amy. I feel better about it now. I wallowed for about an hour. Ate chocolate, cried, then remembered I have two kids who don't really care what Mommy is writing. They cheered me up with dinner out and Land Before Time (Number 806, I think!)

When my husband got home, we went over it together. I have some perspective now. I am ready to get after it again.

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