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The Winner of Finish the Story #3 is Claire Iannini

“The Winner of Finish the Story #3 is Claire Iannini” by Joan Y. Edwards

There were four people who left comments on Finish the Story #3: Linda Andersen, Joy Moore, Claire Iannini, and Meri. The winner of the free pitch and first page critique was Number 3 (Random.org) – the third person to comment was Claire Iannini. Congratulations, Claire. Please send me your pitch and first page you’d like critiqued to my email address from the left-hand column.

My hope was to increase the number of people who read the Finish the Story blog posts. Together, we achieved that goal.

Finish the Story #1 had 45 visitors 4 different people to comment
Finish the Story #2 had 36 visitors. 3 different people to comment.
Finish the Story #3 had 56 visitors. 4 different people to comment.

137 visitors in all. I say that’s pretty good. I’ll post another entry today. I’ll give two weeks to see if more people will respond in twice the amount of time. If you do free writing experience, it’ll take you 15 minutes to write a response from the prompt.

I think it’s a good exercise. You can choose one prop that weaves as a thread through your whole novel – symbol of what your character wants to achieve or wants to leave behind or get rid of.

Objects have emotions attached to our memories of them. It will evoke emotional pulls from unknown places in your mind. In other words, it’ll surprise you.

Here are two books and a movie that use a prop in the title:

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – the wardrobe was used throughout the story. (also a movie)
Movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by George Lucas
The Diary of Anne Frank written by Anne Frank (also a play and a movie)

Here are links to the first three Finish the Story blog posts:

Finish the Story #1: All That Was Left – a Stapler, a Money Bag, and a Bird Ornament
Finish the Story #2 Contest: Bananas, Scissors, a Vacuum Cleaner, and a Ferris Wheel
Finish the Story #3 A Basketball, a Pillow, and a Pair of Boots

You can write a best seller, too.
Believe it. Then take steps to accomplish it.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards


2 Responses

  1. Congratulations,Claire! You’ll get good tips from Joan’s critique. I know I have.

    Congratulations, Joan! You met your goal of an increase in readers.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda,
      Thanks for writing and being happy for Claire. Thanks also for the good words about my critiques. Thanks for helping inspire more people to participate in Finish the Story.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


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