Jun 10, 2009

The Write Stuff

Posted by AJ Blythe at Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The finalists of the Valerie Parv Awards (VPA) have just been announced. For those of you who aren't members of RWAustralia, this is one of the *big* romance writing competitions for unpublished writers.

So what made their manuscripts stand out among the 97 entries?

Of course Point of View, Show not Tell, Dialogue, Story Structure, Pacing... all the functional components must be spot on. But these are all things any manuscript can have tightened during the editing process. Yes, not everyone will have the skill to do this, but over time, and with practice, they can be learnt.

So what is it? I think it's the ability to tell a story. A good story. An intriguing story. One that engages the reader, has heroes and heroines the reader desires or aspires to be. A story with a difference. A story you become, not just read.

What do you think?

With my pitch now gone, I can only hope that my story also has the 'write' stuff.


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