It's that time of year again.
Daphne and Genesis results!
I've received a few notes from friends who
were discouraged with the outcome of their
contest entries. Some grumbled,
Oh! The judging!
That's it, I'm done writing. Enough already, I'm
not as good as I thought I was.
Allow for the human element...
Judges give up their own time to take on dozens of other
peoples' work. No pay, no thanks, for the most part,
and no time to work on their own projects.
Okay, sounds noble, huh? Let's allow for the human aspect.
Some "might" do it because they think they're REALLY good.
Others, just to be encouragers. Others yes, because someone
did a bit of arm twisting followed by a dose of guilt. And they
Did you get a bad crit? From one judge or all?
The same comments from all?
Take two aspirin and revisit
your work in the morning.
Don't make any rash decisions or quick changes.
Think about the judging comments, any that were similar,
roll over in your mind and decide if they really apply
to you. Be honest, be open-minded.
If two or three judges loved something and one was
having PMS at the moment, then put aside the one
negative and concentrate on the constructive crits of the others.
Step away from the crits for a couple days and come back.
BUT DON'T QUIT WRITING.
YOU ARE A WRITER WHEN YOU HAVE TO WRITE
AS SURELY AS YOU HAVE TO BREATHE!!!!
If the judges were spot on, then start taking some of the
wonderful free classes in cyberland.
ACFW offers plenty and so does Faithwriters.com.
You have free writing help at your fingertips.
Learn and rewrite. Learn more and rewrite again.
Soon you'll be a pro at POV and Show and Tell and
you'll be getting offers for partials and fulls.
JUST DON'T GIVE UP!!!
Judging is subjective. Learn from it, move on, and work
your way to publication.
YOU'RE BETTER THAN YOU THINK!