I have got to say, I love these contests Brenda Drake has on her blog. What a great way to meet other authors and test the waters with snippets of what you’ve written. This new contest is a great one: Can we guess your character’s age?
I love the idea of this contest because, while we may know how old our characters are, we may not have conveyed it well to the reader. I know that was a problem a publisher had with my novel – inconsistencies in ‘voice’. Sometimes my MC sounded younger, sometimes older than he was. After this was pointed out to me, I saw it crystal clear. But not all of us are lucky enough to get a manuscript redlined for us with all the things that need to be improved. That’s why I love this new contest Brenda has.
If you are a writer, you should give this a whirl to see if your character’s voice matches his/her age. What a great lesson to learn before you send your MS out to an agent and/or publisher.
Thanks, Brenda, and I can’t wait for the contest to begin! It’s going to be tons of fun to read other excerpts and guess the ages of the characters.