Today is the day of the monthly Insecure Writer's Support Group. It is hosted by the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh and is the chance for writers to voice their insecurities, stresses or provide sunshine and hope for those of us who feel like we are traversing the eternal tunnel of someday.
I have entered a few contests online. Some of these contests require either a 35 word pitch or a 150-250 first words excerpt.
Here's the problem.
1. I think I hate myself my continuing to enter these things.
2. The concept of my story is complex.
3. I have a great first line, but the real concept of the story doesn't get solidified until about word 300.
4. I get great feedback when people do a first page read and it's significantly weaker when people just read the first 250.
One of the values of these online contests is getting feedback, from new readers, which essentially is what most of the readers will be if this book goes to publication. But I can't decide if I'm limiting myself, if I'm putting myself through undue stress for no good reason. I mean, when I sit down with a book, I don't stop after the first 250. I understand the value of strong starts, but....?
Am I trying to talk myself out of these when they are serving a good purpose? Do I really need to revamp for a strong 250 or is a strong first page still okay? Do you enter contests? Why? Why not?