Many of you are writers as well as readers, but good writers know the two go hand-in-hand. Usually I’m very private with my creative writing until I’m absolutely satisfied with it, but I wanted to follow the example some of you have already set and share my writing with the world.
WEbook is currently hosting a competition that offers practice in writing description. The challenge? “Describe a building in 300 words or less.” The deadline is 10 PM EST on February 29.
Here’s what I like about the contest: 300 words are more than reasonable. Without counting revising time (which can vary, but for that few words isn’t too taxing), achieving the word count shouldn’t take long. Writing in short bursts is a great way to hone your skills—and receiving feedback is even better.
That’s why I’ve entered the Building Descriptions Writing Contest. I encourage everyone to enter and/or leave a comment on my WEbook page with thoughts on my 300-word entry, titled “Ribbons of Red.” You do have to sign up on the website to comment, but don’t let this stop you—it only takes a minute to plug in a little information, like an email address and username. I received my first response within minutes of submitting. I only ask that you are honest in your critique. You won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t like it, as long as you suggest ways that I can make it better.
If you decide to enter the contest, please link me to your own entry. I’d love to read it and offer some of my own advice. (Note: You have to click “Post for Feedback” for a chance at winning, anyhow.)
Upon closing the contest, WEbook will choose six winners and award them free entry to PageToFame, their exclusive writing contest. The #1 winner will receive an autographed copy of Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley.