I received a request to judge two entries for a contest that somehow didn’t receive critiques from the judge who scored them. I agreed and now I can see why one of them didn’t get critiqued. I won’t say it is horrible. I wouldn’t say that about anyone’s writing. But there is a big difference between a beginning writer and a seasoned writer. This story had the elements needed, but I discovered that the story should have started somewhere else. Maybe later in the story than presented. Because the one thing any writer, beginner or advanced, needs to do is hook the reader. And maybe the first judge didn’t have time to deal with it. So now it is my job to be constructive, but positive so I do not crush this writers spirit.
Published by Leanne Tyler
Award winning author, Leanne Tyler lives in the South and her writing reflects her heritage. She writes sensual Southern romances whether historical or contemporary. Leanne's debut release Victory's Gate was the 2007 American Rose winner of the Through the Garden Gate contest and was released electronically by The Wild Rose Press in December 2007. Finally in December 2009 the Through the Garden Gate Anthology is available in print and includes the four winning entries. Stepping into the Contemporary circle, she debuted with her Class of '85 Reunion story It's Always Been You in August 2011. And her first full-length novel Season of Love (Nov. 2011) is a time-travel set in 1850 Charleston, SC. She invites readers to step into her world and enjoy the passion. View all posts by Leanne Tyler