I Have My Scores. What Now?

- By Ink & Insights judge: Jessica de Bruyn   For all of the participants of this year’s contest, first I want to congratulate you on what you have accomplished so far. We as readers, editors and writers ourselves know that it is not easy to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) and…

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Ink & Insights blog series: “Why are my scores so different?” — Catherine’s thoughts

Evaluating a manuscript is not an exact science. Although judges strive for total objectivity, no work of art will have the same effect on every person. The scoresheet breaks down all the many areas of novel-writing technique so that you can see your strengths and weaknesses, but you can't please everyone. One person may love the…

Ink & Insights blog series: “Why are my scores so different?” — Carrie’s thoughts

Doesn’t it drive you absolutely insane when somebody ruins something for you? Like when you watch a movie and you think it’s awesome—until someone points out that one flaw. “The music was so annoying!” “That one line was so cheesy.” “Elsa hair literally goes through her arm when she brushes it over her shoulder.” My…