I am new to the process of letting others read my work. For years ( and I mean YEARS) I was a closet writer. I used to tell my parents I was writing a letter to a friend or working on a school assignment when I was really filling spiral notebook after notebook with stories.
One of my goals for this year was to enter a contest and receive feedback. I picked one at random from the RWA contest loop.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I wasn't prepared for the feedback. Even though it was administer in the most professional way possible. It still stung.
I am over the shock now. This weekend I went the through the judges' comments and made myself a word document with all the positive statements.
Here is what they liked about me:
- This has the potential to be a very interesting and exciting read.
- You did a lovely job with description .
- First let me start out by saying that your premise is inspired.
- I think you have a great premise, and with tweaking and getting it all together, you have a terrific shot at getting in front of an agent and/or editor and achieving your dreams.
I am reminding myself this is a process and if I am going to be successful, I must be willing to learn.