Yes, you read that correctly. ELEVENTY BAJILLION.
Before you run away screaming with flailing muppet arms, you should know I'm not writing all eleventy bajillion notes out here today.
You will not have to read a novel-length post if you stick around.
INSTEAD I sorted the notes into categories and simplified them into pretty pictures. And by pretty pictures, I mean word clouds and nothing more.
Ahead of time, writers could submit their first 100 words to be critiqued during the session. Sadly, I did not discover this until past the deadline. But lots of other people did and I kept track of everything said about THEIR pages.
Winning Qualities for Your First Page
|prose = beautiful language, active verbs, clean writing|
engaging = good setup, foreshadowing, emotions evoked right away, fun to read, wanted to know more immediately
Red Card Qualities for Your First Page
(Panelists held up red cards if they didn't want to read past those first 100 words.)
In what could have been an epic-length post, I brought you pictures. (Well, really it wasn't me. It was wordle.)
QOTD: What's your favorite number.
Mine's eleventy bajillion.