Okay, so remember that contest I entered? It had two categories: short story and novel. I took third in short story, and the first 15 pages of our novels were judged by two different people. They used this scoring sheet system where they could leave comments, and they were kind enough to mail those scoring sheets to me yesterday.
One judge loved my two novel entries. And one…absolutely hated them. He didn’t even like my writing, called it “flat and one dimensional.” He called my concepts “trite and hokey.” Said my worlds felt “made-up, unrealistic and convoluted.” I remember the organizer for the contest telling his fellow writers one time to make their first scenes action-packed without much exposition, so as to hook the reader. This judge wrote, “too much action, too fast-paced” and “needs more exposition.” He suggested I read sci-fi authors from the sixties and try to copy their styles.
Contrast this with the second judge who said, “very imaginative world” and “great high-action opening” and “nice balance of action and description.” There were lots of nice things in these sheets. I guess it just goes to show that you can’t please everyone all the time, and you can’t please some of them at ANY time! I guess I should just be grateful that someone else was judging the short stories.
It’s hard to not let something like this shake my confidence. I’m doing my best, though. Keep goin, keep movin on. Open up my newest project and add some one-dimensional flatness to it. ^_^
What’s shaken your tree before? Anything made you want to throw your hands up and quit? Who talks you down from the ledge? Give a shout out!