I received the score sheets and suggested edits to my contest submission three days ago, and I have yet to download or even open the attachments.
I’m still too uncertain as to whether or not I’m emotionally capable of handling more criticism — even though intellectually I know many of the comments will only help to improve my craft.
As writers we get so close to our stories that we can’t see what readers see. What seems obvious to us can be confusing to the reader.
As I continue to struggle with feelings of rejection and inadequacy, I am nonetheless thinking and simmering over the scoresheets themselves.
I believe I have come up with a way to “speed up” the first chapter, and give the reader a sense — at least at the beginning — of who the main character is. As a reader, I do like to pick one character — at least to start — to latch onto, relate to, and root for. By giving the reader three equally important characters, the reader has more difficulty making that choice.
All it will take for me is to switch the point of view to a different character. Everything else that happens won’t change, so it won’t adversely effect the rest of the story.
Still, by avoiding the judges comments, am I engaging in a bit of self-deceit?
Adam Savage of “Mythbusters” once said: “I reject your reality, and substitute my own.”
Perhaps that’s what I’m doing, both with my previous entry about my manuscript not being the best fit for the contest (and hence the low scores), and by rewriting the first chapter entirely without looking at and thereby digesting the other comments.
I won’t know for sure until I read the comments . . .
Nope, still not ready to face them. I prefer to swim in my chosen “reality” for a while longer.