When we enter a Blogfest we have to stay within the host bloggers rules, but also within the unwritten rules. The rules on how to get readers genuinely interested in our entry (beyond just scrolling down to leave a generic comment in the hopes that you'll follow them in return! Shame!)
These are going to be pretty familiar:
1. Hook 'em!
- You have just a sentence, maybe less, to get a reader to read your piece. So do whatever you need to do, but make us do a double take.
2. Long story short.
- Make it not only within the hosts word limit, but within the average persons attention span. Even a phenomenal premise can be dragged out to the point that they'll just sigh and give up. We have posts to write people! General rule of thumb, 400 is in good shape. 1000 words is pushing your luck. A 2000+ word entry needs to sign up for Jenny Craig.
3. Make 'em want More, More, More!
- Sorry, couldn't help it. But that's what you need to do. To get them to follow you, they have to be interested in what you'll write next. (Cliffhanger anyone??)
So, what the hell does this have to do with editing you WIP?
Try going through, one scene at a time, and think of each one as a blogfest entry.
What would the theme of the blogfest be? Did I capture that, or go off on a tangent? Did I make the point I was supposed to make?
Do I honestly think this would be a good contender in a Blogfest?
And of course, following the three unwritten rules of blogfesting will put your MS on a crash diet and your plot will end up as tight as Mike "The Situation"s glowing orange abs.
Plus the inherent benefit of blogfest ready scenes.... they make for insta-entries! Haha! I often use scenes from my WIP when the 'fest is relevant. And that means I get plenty of encouragement and feedback on my WIP! Yay!
So, tell me- Do you use your MS in Blogfests? Do you think you can take on the challenge??
And who has Upcoming Blogfests!?? Let me know!