I got the call on Thursday. I finaled in the 2010 ACFW Genesis contest in the Historical catagory! After receiving the three judges’ score sheets, with some incredibly helpful feedback, I polished my entry and resubmitted it for the second round of judging on Saturday. It was a very busy couple of days of editing, which was nothing but fun for me despite it also being work.
Probably my favorite part of the writing process is that “thing” that happens in the third, fourth or fifteenth draft, when I sink deeper into story and setting, lose all track of time and place, and really start to inhabit my characters. This is when I’m refining motivation, or tweaking dialogue, adding a bit of humor, or that narrative phrase that sounds more like the character’s voice than the default narrative which is my own voice and is so easy to fall into when what I want is a blend of the two, preferrably much more of the character than me!
The contest had a great turnout this year. A total of 486 entries, which I’m told is up by 7% over last year. Below are the names of all finalists in each category for 2010 (winners to be announced at the ACFW conference in September. Yes, it’s a long time to wait but at least I’ll be there this year, unlike in 2008 when Kindred placed third in Historicals.).
CONGRATULATIONS to all the finalists! Looking forward to the conference in Indy. It will be my first ACFW.
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