I’m still revising my four novelette length stories. I’ve been bouncing back and forth between the vampire and alien ones while still toying with the idea of writing the one about the shark. (Especially since so many of you noted that you’ve never read a paranormal romance story with a shark.)
I’ve also been reading. A LOT! The IWSG admins are going through the entries for the anthology contest and noting the best ones. (Once we’ve pared down the list, they will be sent to the official judges.)
I’ve found this has really helped with editing though. In reading these stories, I can see what works and what doesn’t. What makes one compelling but not the next? While it’s all a mix of storyline, characters, and good writing, I’d boil it down to one word - personality. Or, as most writers call it, voice. The best ones are where everything comes alive. The story doesn’t even have to be the greatest in the world. If it has a strong voice, it grabs you right away.
One story has already grabbed me completely. I hope it makes the cut, Regardless, once I find out the author, I’m going to let he or she know it was an amazing story with a great voice.
Realms Faire starts next Monday! I’m hosting The Unicorn Hunt, and there are almost a dozen games with tons of prizes. You don’t want to miss it.
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Have you read any stories lately that just sizzled with personality?