Okay, so I got an entry in for the SuperRomance Memorial Day Challenge, to write a thousand word start to a SuperRomance, that includes a soldier, and Memorial Day.
They had twenty-eight entries. A few outstanding and from writer’s who’ve gotta be thaaaat close to cracking it. A few who seemed to have missed the point a bit, or who don’t seem clear on what SuperRomances need. A mass in the middle that were competent, good, interesting enough but just didn’t take fire like the ones that shone.
Guess which group mine falls into?
No need for me to rush to finish my story now.
I will of course. I love these characters and the situation. It will be a decent story. But I can see my writing simply doesn’t have the polish and zing of the best entries. It’s a bit ploddy. There’s too much internalization. Not enough happens in that first thousand. There’s not enough of a hook, not enough conflict, not enough anything!
Good learning experience though. I’m going to study those zinger entries to figure out how they did it. What the spark is that lifts their writing above the merely good. And see how I can make my writing snap crackle and pop next time.