Feb 11, 2010

Dilly Dallying

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, February 11, 2010
Goal number 6 for this writing year was to enter RWA's First Kiss competition. I was going to, absolutely, definitely... and then I started editing. The criteria for this contest is 1 scene with a maximum count of 1,500 words. Uh, oh. Here was my problem. You see, THAT scene was well over the 1,500 word limit. So I started cutting, 100, 150, 220 the words began to disappear. But the more I cut, the harder it got to cut them. Until I had just 120 words to still chop.

No more. I couldn't do it. Into the 'too hard' basket it went.

Until one of my fellow Bootcats asked if I was still entering - I had been, then I hadn't been she said. What was I doing?

Thinking about that made me feel guilty. After all, it was a goal for this year, and I knew I'd feel bad if I didn't achieve it, but feel fantastic if I did. So I dragged that scene back out and slashed ruthlessly: 1,498 words. I did it.

My entry is going in. How well it does, we'll see. But regardless, I feel good.

10 comments:

Sandie Hudson on February 11, 2010 at 10:24 AM said...

Good luck Anita, I hope you do well. Shall keep fingers crossed for you.

Lea on February 11, 2010 at 3:26 PM said...

Well done!

I'm an RWA member too, and entering the First Kiss. But I'm not quite finished yet... argh!

Anita Joy on February 11, 2010 at 6:30 PM said...

Thanks Sandie. Didn't give myself time to think about it, so don't have great expectations :)

Anita Joy on February 11, 2010 at 6:31 PM said...

Thanks Lea.

Good luck getting your entry ready and submitted. Gotta hate deadlines... but they do make you get your butt into gear!

Anonymous said...

Yay Anita, for making that final leap.

Good luck,

Diane

Eleni Konstantine on February 12, 2010 at 4:46 PM said...

Good luck Anita. Good on you for entering!

Anita Joy on February 12, 2010 at 4:52 PM said...

Thanks Di. I think I'll need as much good luck as I can get :)

Anita Joy on February 12, 2010 at 4:53 PM said...

Thanks Eleni. Now I just have to get back to the editing *sigh*

Shayne on February 14, 2010 at 4:17 PM said...

Hey, hey!
Glad I made you feel bad!Now I know how to get to you.


Fingers and toes crossed for this one.


Shayne

Anita Joy on February 14, 2010 at 4:34 PM said...

Lol Shayne, guilt will do it every time - thanks for the boot!

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