Post by chrisscorkscrew on Jul 21, 2016 16:22:58 GMT
I think what Ian did was brilliant and kind, and very useful to the people he personally responded to.
What I'd just really, really like to know was whether my submission was in the top half or the bottom half of entries, and if I'm completely wasting my time to think about trying again. A standard rejection response to higher performing entries would be a good indicator of that without being too time consuming which is why I suggested it.
I think in competitions like these, it's actually always useful to assume one was some way off. Know you're close, and you might push about the same, but if you assume you were far off, you need to push the next one a lot harder and further. That's served me well in the past.
And no-one is ever wasting their time thinking about trying again, no matter where they came. Firstly, the more you write, the better you get. And the act of creation is an end to itself. Anyone who entered this has done something amazing.
I know it does sound a bit like sour grapes, but I put my own novel on hold for around six weeks whilst I worked on my entry (I wrote the whole story), and whilst I did enjoy writing it, I can't help thinking that if I'm kidding myself I'd be better putting my creative efforts into my book as there's only limited Me to go around! Plus I suspect this competition cut a lot of us to the quick because it really matters to us in a way that a generic story competition wouldn't...
I suppose the ultimate way of finding out will be listening to the completed Short Trip in December and I am looking forward to it.