To all of you entering SYRTYCW can I wish you tons of luck? Thinking of you. It takes guts to enter competitions…
I’ve just submitted my final REVS for my third MS for Riva and this is what I’ve learnt from my editor and would like to share with you re what they are looking for….maybe it will help with your submission to SYTYCW. (If you think I’m being intefering and bossy…sorry!)
- Conflict! Make it real, make it tough, make it count! Why is loving this person the worst thing they can do? Make your protags suffer, baby!
- Your opening scene. Yank the reader into the story…a conversation is a really good way to do this.
- Dialogue vs description. If you can explain motivations in conversation rather than an internal monologue…do it. Try and avoid long paragraphs of internal monologue. Editors/readers love dialogue and it keeps them flipping the page!
- Focus on the hero and heroine and don’t let secondery characters much space.
And belive in yourself…and if you don’t come anywhere don’t stress and don’t give up. (I came….drum roll , please…absolute NOWHERE in last years New Voices!) It isn’t the end of the road, it’s just not your road.
Lots of luck