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Author Quest Entry Submitted!

I’ve done it!  I just submitted my entry to the Dark Crystal Author Quest contest!

The submission itself took a bit longer than I expected.  I had to give them biographies for all the characters I used, as well as answer a couple of questions (like explaining what the Dark Crystal means to me).  But it was all worth it because I am now finished!

Officially, I ended up writing five drafts, although that count isn’t completely accurate; draft one in particular was at least two or three different drafts.  The final story came in at 7,503 words, just hitting the minimum word count for the contest.  I’ve spent the last few days polishing everything as best as I can.  I re-watched scenes from the Dark Crystal to make sure I got the Skeksis’s dialogue right (and even there I managed to learn something new about the movie).   Once the dialogue was completed, I made sure that all of the descriptions of both setting and character actions were fixed up.  And finally, I read everything over a couple of times to make sure the piece was both to length and flowed nicely while reading.  I’ll admit, I did panic a little bit when draft 4 came in  at 7,359 words.  But I fixed it and everything works.

I want to extend a big thank you to everyone who helped me out, whether by simply reading it over or by giving me feedback.  I couldn’t have done this without you guys!  🙂

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Draft 3 Feedback

A week and a half ago, I gave Draft 3 to a couple of friends for feedback.  Now it’s time to work on what will have to be the final round of edits for my submission because the contest closes in 3 days.

I have one sizable edit going into draft 4: I need to fix up the beginning.  This was actually a problem from draft 2; it was something my brother flagged when he gave me feedback.  But I had to focus on other, bigger things at the time.  Now it’s been flagged again, this time by another friend, and so I’m going to do my best with it.

Beyond that, I’ll be fixing things up as much as possible.  I need to make sure that all of the characters are speaking in their own voices.  I need to make sure the setting and descriptions are good.  And of course I just need to make sure everything is polished before submitting it.  So please, wish me luck as I finish off my submission for Author Quest!

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