A Tale of Two Opinions

- By Ink & Insights judge: Nic Tatano   We all know that pretty much everything about writing talent is subjective. Everyone has picked up a bestseller and thought about tossing it through a window like Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook when he got fed up with Hemingway. And there’s the book that never…

Contemplating Contests and Critiques – By Ink & Insights Judge Pamela Taylor

Ink & Insights often gets feedback from contestants as soon as they receive their score sheets. Occasionally, Catherine will share a particularly enthusiastic thank-you note with the judges. In one recent instance, the contestant was just as effusive about the low scores as the high ones – and that prompted me to think about how…

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…