Another Friday, another request for your feedback on our latest contest. (I think I'm finished coming up with new things for a while. Yes, I think I am.)
Many of you proved it was difficult--nay, impossible--to limit your comments to one sentence! Some of you remedied this by coming up with gravity-defying run-ons the likes of which I've never seen.
Joking aside, you all did a WONDERFUL job, and I'm hopeful that our participants have a take-away that will bear good things as they continue to revise their queries.
So...shall we do it again? What did you like/dislike? Please share!
For my part, I'd like to share a little snippet I discovered on a message board, in regard to this contest and my ongoing mission to quell cheerleading and encourage honest, strong feedback. Disclaimer: This is not with an intent to embarrass, and it's being kept anonymous. To understand the context: PERSON #1 is asking PERSON #2 about her entry.
PERSON #1: Which title/name should we look for to vote YES?
PERSON #2: You should look for queries that hook you and vote YES for them.
I applaud you, Person #2! Clearly you understand the value of honest feedback, and you didn't want to settle for anything less. I suspect that Person #1 meant to encourage and support, which is something writers tend to be very good at. But I'll say it again--critique is not for encouragement. It's for GROWTH.
If I run another Public Slushpile, it will be with the understanding that it's not for going out there and canvassing for YES votes. And really, I don't get the sense that that's what went on here at all. The vast majority of you are here because you DO get it.
Have I told you lately that I love you?
So there you have it. Thank you all for making my job here so easy!
May your weekend be filled with THE HUNGER GAMES, as mine will be. (I mean, how could it not be?) See you Monday!