Wow! The response to our first 25 Words critique round have WAY exceeded my expectations. Talk about ENERGY!
The crits are still coming in, too. Which makes your "refresh finger" a bit tired, yes? *wink*
And here's a cool application of the exercise:
Tami Moore (a MSFV regular and part of my "online support system") tweeted the following this morning:
Going back through the entries on @AuthoressAnon's contest. Did people agree with me? Disagree? Why? *learning, learning*
Neat thought, yes? Not only figuring out what works for your own writing, but seeing whether your well-honed reader's eyes are lining up with what others are saying--or not. It's not about "saying what everyone else is saying," to be sure. But it's a good idea to take your own pulse. Giving valuable feedback isn't possible if you don't read a lot or understand what good writing actually IS.
There is a huge subjective factor, naturally. But there are also "writing basics" that need to hold up under scrutiny. And, as critters, we need to know what those are.
Anyway....WELL DONE, EVERYONE!!
Share your feedback in today's comment box, if you will. Were you stoked by the responses? Discouraged? (And hey. Don't let that initial discouragement get you down. Search for the truth among words that sting.) Are you pressing forward? Had any "eureka" moments? Share!
Oh, and one more thing. Many of you have thanked me in various places, many of which were in your submissions. I was unable to respond personally to most of those, due to sheer volume of emails. So please allow me to respond en masse:
You're welcome! It was truly my pleasure. This is such a delightful community; you all make the time invested well worth it.