Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What Do You Know, I'm a Judge!



I had planned on making a standard post today, but I will have to put it off while I participate in week 4 of Deana Barnhart's  Gearin' Up To Get An Agent Blogfest.  This week is the First 200 Words Novel Critique and Contest, but instead of being a regular participant, I am a judge!  How cool is that?  Pretty cool, I think.

So while I thought to take the week off from reading then commenting on the first 200 words of 40 different participating novelists, now I am  reading and judging those critical first words.  I don't really feel worthy, but I will give it my best shot.  And how exciting to get a first glimpse at some extraordinary novels!  

15 comments:

TaraNator said...

You've given me amazing advice in regard to my writing and I have no doubts that you will do a spectacular job!

L.G.Smith said...

I predict you will get a great education from this experience. There's nothing like reading a sampling from the write-o-sphere. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah, I'm sure you'll learn a lot. Have fun!

Joylene Butler said...

Good for you, Nancy. What a nice experience it'll be. And a great learning tool too. Have fun.

Nancy Thompson said...

It was a lot of fun actually! I read some really great stuff and learned a thing or two about what pulls you in to a story and what doesn't. And guess what? It's not necessarily action, conflict or turmoil!

I found the most important thing was...wait for it...wait for it...VOICE!

Yes, the voice was what separated the great from the good.

Whodathunkit?

VR Barkowski said...

Congratulations! It sounds like fun and a great learning experiencing. It's amazing how much we can learn from reading others' work.

klahanie said...

Wow Nancy! That's fantastic! Now, I wonder if you will be judging those first few critical words in this here comment. You may have noted the exclamation mark used for dramatic impact! :)
Take care and have fun.
Gary

Lisa L. Regan said...

That's awesome. How fun! You have such great intuition and such a critical eye when it comes to evaluating writing. You'll make an awesome judge!

Bryce Daniels said...

That sounds like fun! You will be an excellent judge.

Do ya get to wear a robe and wield a gavel, too?

Laila Knight said...

You are so worthy! You totally kick butt at ripping through those first pages and weeding out the best. Have a great time doing it! :)

jamieayres said...

I know how you feel about being unworthy. I judged my first contest last August--7 entries of the first 20pgs for my local RWA chapter. I learned a ton! If you're interested, we're hosting the contest again:) Enjoy the ride!! Keeping my fingers & toes crossed that I'm a finalist.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

VERY cool to be a judge! Good luck. I bet you'll be awesome. : )

Alleged Author said...

You chose some great ones!

Robin Weeks said...

It's a good thing I didn't see this one until after the finalists were posted. I might have been tempted to kiss up or something. :) As it is, I can praise your good taste with perfect self-interest and no one cares!

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Wow, what a cool experience!