Hi, Welcome to Writing Wednesday.
Last week I told you about a site called Rate Your Story.
You can submit your story (up to 2000 words) and it will be rated by judges who are published writers.
I submitted my PB manuscript titled "Grasshoppers". My submission was rated by Margot Finke, who has had many rhyming picture books published. You can go here to visit her blog. I was honored and excited to receive a rating of #2 from her!
Below is the scale they use:
10 - Consider this story as practice and write a new one.
9 - This story is best saved for reading to your family.
8 - If at first you don't succeed...rewrite, rewrite again.
7 - Your idea has merit, but the story needs a lot of revision.
6 - Not bad, but it doesn't stand out.
5 - Better than average, but still needs work.
4 - A decent story – could be great with some polishing.
3 - Good story – Get a critique or two and polish before submitting.
2 - A very good story - with the potential to be great.
1 - Great story! You should consider submitting this.
I'm making a few changes and searching for publishers. I thought it was a good story, and was glad the judge agreed. And...it is written in rhyme! They discourage people from writing in rhyme because of how hard it is to get the rhyme and meter just right. I had help with this story from my writer's group and when it was finished we were pretty happy with the result.
The December issue of Two-Lane Livin' is out now. Do you like the cover? The picture is one I took last year of one of my blue jays. We have quite a few feeders and I love taking pictures of birds in the winter.
My column this month is titled, Winter Snow and Hot Cocoa. Below is a poem I have in the December issue.
In the Winter
by Janet F. Smart
In the winter
Hear the roar
As blizzards blow
Outside your door.
We slip and slide
In the snow
With our red cheeks
We build snowmen
Big and tall
And keep them warm
With a shawl.
The sky grows dark
In we go
For dry, warm clothes
And hot cocoa.
Happy Writing and I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!