So far my fiendish plan is working.
To date, I have finaled in several of the contests. But along with contests comes the double-edged sword of praise and feedback.
With feedback comes an invitation for my friend, the Doubt Monster, to pay me a visit. If you’d like to meet the Doubt Monster, please click here to become acquainted with him.
Of course, on the flip side are praise and the satisfaction of knowing that someone likes your story. Or at least the first chapter (or whatever the page limit is).
Often times, judges’ comments are the polar opposite – example – loved the prologue or lose the prologue.
It goes without saying that all feedback and praise are subjective – someone else’s opinion. As with all advice, I have had to take it or leave it.
Personally, I’ve decided to make the changes I agree with (small, grammar type stuff) and file the rest away (craft advice) for my future novels.
Beware of trying to please everyone – that path leads to madness.
Next time you’re reviewing feeback (either postive or negative) recognize that it will prepare you for when you’re published and face the varied opinions of readers and reviewers.
Please leave a note telling us about your contest experiences. What did you find helpful? What was just plain awful? And how do you handle judges’ comments?