I am participating in Deana Barnhart's fourth week of her month long blogfest. This week's assignment is to post the first 200 words of a novel. I am posting from my WIP because, to tell you the truth, I am kind of over the book that I am currently querying agents with.
Now here's my contradiction: From a marketing perspective, blogfest and contest posts can often turn off your followers. I know. Insane, right? But it's true. Yes, blogfests can build followers, which is awesome. And contests can help connect you with other and help get your work critiqued, again, awesome for the aspiring writer.
But, depending on your message (remember you gotta have a message?), a follower who comes to your blog to find advice for themselves and frequently finds you are instead posting only self-interest posts such as critique my first 200 words, well, they may get bored. You may be the best writer, and your first 200 words may be AMAZING, but let's face it, we're all a little self-involved. And sometimes readers see you've posted your query, or first page, and say to themselves, "Um, what's in it for me?" True story.
I'm not telling you not to participate in these fests, but do so in moderation. Be aware. Remember your readers and try to keep in mind what they want and what they're getting.
All that being said, I am very much enjoying Deana's blogfest and am continuing with my entry below.
middle grade fantasy
middle grade fantasy
First 200 words
Mina hated waiting, and even her mother’s best Patience spell was not enough to keep her from aimlessly pacing her room. In less than an hour, she would celebrate the thirteenth hour of her thirteenth birthday, and her magic would finally flow from her fingertips showing once and for all that she was not a weirdo in the world of witches.
Mina moved to the Mystic Revealer again. To any outsider this would look like an average girl staring endlessly into a mirror, but the object showed more than her reflection; it showed traces of magic. She searched the outline of her image, like she did most mornings, looking for any sign, small as it may be, of her magic leaking. This time she truly expected to see something different – a glint of what was about to come, a shimmer around her reflection – but the Mystic Revealer didn’t show anything but the same old Mina. Today, she told herself. It’ll be there.
“Mina? Time to go!” her mother’s voice sounded as if it was in the room with her thanks to the Close-Call spell, but she knew her parents were already in the garage.
I welcome any comments. This is still a work in progress and I need the feedback. Even if you aren't participating in the fest, your thoughts are welcomed.