I’m current focusing most of my creative writing efforts on a single novel, but my creative energy keeps pushing me to jump around to different ideas. I’ve always read that I should simply jot down a few notes when new ideas pop up but remain focused on one project until completion.
I recently took a week break from my novel so I could dive deep in a short story I wrote for a contest. Maintaining focus was easier, probably due to the short timeframe, but it may not be indicative of how I function best on more expansive works.
How do you work best? Fitting your own style into a three answer poll isn’t always inclusive enough, so if you would like to expand your answer, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Judging for the Summer Writing Contest from The Write Practice and Short Fiction Break has begun. Our entries were due over a week ago and earlier this week the authors who chose to have their stories published are now available for your reading pleasure here.
This season’s theme is “Redemption” and the stories are limited to 1,500 words. All entries are workshopped with the other authors for a week before the final versions are submitted for judging. I received nothing but constructive and supportive feedback and had the opportunity to return the favor to other authors. The contests are seasonal if you are interested and I posted more about them here.
You can link directly to my short story by clicking the book cover above or through this link – Against the Current. I would love to hear what you think about my entry whether good or bad as any criticism can only serve to help me improve my future writing. If you have time to read an add a comment below, I would greatly appreciate it.
I hope to meet you in one of the future writing contest workshops. Thank you for reading and, just by reaching the end of this post, thank you for supporting my writing. I make every effort to visit the sites of anyone who comments and perhaps I can return the favor.
I’ve never been afraid of getting feedback. Perhaps I have had mostly positive experiences (definitely not all positive feedback, I must add), or perhaps I’ve been graced with receiving feedback from people who know the best way to give it. Maybe I’ve just been lucky.
Receiving feedback can be scary especially when you don’t personally know the people providing it. Some feedback could be hurtful unless presented in a constructive and encouraging manner.
It takes skill to give well-delivered feedback–start with some positive, offer some constructive, always include specifics and end on a good note. It’s a pretty simply formula although you’re probably not surprised how many people screw this up.
Start with some positive, offer some constructive, always include specifics and end on a good note.
I recently received the judges feedback from the second writing contest I’ve ever entered. Receiving feedback directly from the judges is one of the two best features of the writing contests sponsored by The Write Practice and Short Fiction Break. By the way, if you’re interested in future contests, jump over to either site and sign up for their e-mail list.
The other best feature of these contests is the pre-entry workshop. All contestants are required to workshop their stories with each other in the week prior to the submission deadline. My experience workshopping my stories has been extremely positive and some suggestions have been enormously helpful. I’ve also learn quite a bit reading the other contestants’ stories and providing feedback. Although some people disappear from the forums after making their final submissions, there are still a number of people who respond to requests for last minute feedback. What an incredibly supportive community of writers.
If you are interested in reading the entries from the Spring Writing Contest, head over here, or you can link directly to my entry, Stolen Reflection.
Have you had incredible or horrific experiences with feedback? I’d love you hear about them in the comments.