So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

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So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

Postby r louis scott » 10 Jun 2010, 09:09

I just posted mine after reading all of the other entries. There sure are a lot of people with their submission as their one and only forum comment.
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Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

Postby charlotte49ers » 10 Jun 2010, 10:43

Me! But I'm not a post and runner. ;-)
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Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

Postby Claudie » 10 Jun 2010, 11:32

I'm entering too.

I started reading the blog about a month ago, and when he posted last Tuesday about the forums, I went "Waaaaiiit, there's a forum?" I can't believed I hadn't noticed before.

In short, I came for the first-page contest, but I am here to stay.
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Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

Postby dios4vida » 10 Jun 2010, 12:04

I entered. And I can't go more than a few days without compulsively commenting on something. :)
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Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

Postby Quill » 10 Jun 2010, 18:34

I'm one of the few wannabe-published writers in the world who are NOT entering the contest. I'm just laying back, watching all the hubbub around the forum, the whoosh of new members entering and 250 word excerpts being slapped down, and I'm sipping a nice cool soda.
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Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

Postby J. T. SHEA » 10 Jun 2010, 20:04

So, who HASN'T entered Nathan's first page contest? Well, there's Quill, me, and the guys up on the International Space Station...Oh, wait! I think one of the cosmonauts is just posting...
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Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

Postby Margo » 10 Jun 2010, 20:16

J. T. SHEA wrote:So, who HASN'T entered Nathan's first page contest? Well, there's Quill, me, and the guys up on the International Space Station...Oh, wait! I think one of the cosmonauts is just posting...


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Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

Postby knight_tour » 10 Jun 2010, 21:35

I'm in, though with the vast number of entries it won't be easy to get picked. I think a few more rules need to be clarified, such as do we need to repost each week or not, and how do we deal with wanting to enter a different opening at some point.
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Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

Postby moosebabble » 10 Jun 2010, 21:53

The contest is my only post so far. I had no idea there was a forum until Nathan mentioned it with regard to the contest. I bet a lot of new people join the forum for the same reason. I've pretty much wasted the entire day reading posts. :)
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Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

Postby Margo » 10 Jun 2010, 22:05

moosebabble wrote:I've pretty much wasted the entire day reading posts. :)


Only one day? You have lots of catching up to do! I think my first time into the forums, I emerged in a daze a week later.
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Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

Postby moosebabble » 10 Jun 2010, 22:23

Margo wrote:
moosebabble wrote:I've pretty much wasted the entire day reading posts. :)


Only one day? You have lots of catching up to do! I think my first time into the forums, I emerged in a daze a week later.


Yeah, I've just scratched the surface. This could take a while to catch up.
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Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

Postby wildheart » 11 Jun 2010, 03:15

I haven't entered and I have a pretty lame excuse considering it was something I thought about. And the short answer is: I'm afraid. What I've got so far is a first draft and I already know it sucks. I don't need the rest of the world saying the same thing as well. I'd rather enter after spending a few months revising to see where I am at, how close I am to being able to query, ect. You guys are a little intimidating you know? I don't feel like I deserve to enter yet.
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Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

Postby wildheart » 11 Jun 2010, 03:16

I think anyone who entered and that is their only forum post shouldn't be able to be picked, but that's just me. I'm prickly like that.
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Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

Postby Margo » 11 Jun 2010, 07:48

wildheart wrote:I haven't entered and I have a pretty lame excuse considering it was something I thought about. And the short answer is: I'm afraid. What I've got so far is a first draft and I already know it sucks. I don't need the rest of the world saying the same thing as well. I'd rather enter after spending a few months revising to see where I am at, how close I am to being able to query, ect. You guys are a little intimidating you know? I don't feel like I deserve to enter yet.


Fear isn't a lame excuse; it's natural. I wouldn't enter a first draft either, and my first drafts tend to be pretty clean as first drafts go. The contest isn't going anywhere, so there's no problem with taking your time to get it polished. Frankly, I will probably never enter. *knock on simulated wood-like product*

But I would say banish the idea that you don't 'deserve' to enter yet. The whole publication process, filled with rejection, will keep you humble enough without you beating yourself up.
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Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

Postby dios4vida » 11 Jun 2010, 08:34

Margo wrote:
wildheart wrote:I haven't entered and I have a pretty lame excuse considering it was something I thought about. And the short answer is: I'm afraid. What I've got so far is a first draft and I already know it sucks. I don't need the rest of the world saying the same thing as well. I'd rather enter after spending a few months revising to see where I am at, how close I am to being able to query, ect. You guys are a little intimidating you know? I don't feel like I deserve to enter yet.


Fear isn't a lame excuse; it's natural. I wouldn't enter a first draft either, and my first drafts tend to be pretty clean as first drafts go. The contest isn't going anywhere, so there's no problem with taking your time to get it polished. Frankly, I will probably never enter. *knock on simulated wood-like product*

But I would say banish the idea that you don't 'deserve' to enter yet. The whole publication process, filled with rejection, will keep you humble enough without you beating yourself up.


I agree with Margo. I've passed on entering contests like this on more occasions than I can count because my ms wasn't ready. Now that it is, I'm boldly going where no...me...has gone before. And yes, it's terrifying, because if Nathan does happen to pick mine and says that it sucks I really will be crushed. Rejection is my biggest fear in life, which makes me sit back and wonder why the heck I'm pursuing writing in the first place. Oh, that's right. I can't stop. :)

And no one doesn't 'deserve' to enter. We're all here, and most of us are in the same boat - wannabe published authors who write and dream and love the written word. That in and of itself makes us all worthy to enter.
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