So thrilled the wonderful volunteers at Rate Your Story, a free service, liked the badge I created for the Writing Wednesday Series.
Any writer can submit their work to be to be read by a published author volunteering to rate your story on a scale of 1-10. Only Rate Your Story’s interpretation differs from the familiar scoring method we all know from watching the Olympics: 10 is the lowest score. And when I say we, I mean the whole wide world – or almost. This makes the method universally acknowledged, which I find fascinating! Surely, you say, there is still someone out there who has never seen the Olympics live or broadcasted. Okay, but don’t exceptions prove the rule?
Baaaeeehhh! That’s the buzzer going off identifying the misuse of this English idiom, which, according to Wikipedia was taken from the medieval Latin legal principle exceptio probat regulam in casibus non exceptis, or “the exception confirms the rule in cases not excepted”. Still confused? Well I used it in a ‘loose rhetorical sense’, pointing out the rarity of someone not having experienced the Olympics in some way, not that there is any established rule.
Quite a few Europeans agree that a truth is truer if it is sometimes false, all claiming that exceptions confirm the rule. German: Ausnahmen bestätigen die Regel; Dutch: Uitzonderingen bevestigen de regel; French: L’exception confirme la règle; Czech: Výjimka potvrzuje pravidlo.
Seems there are truths universally overlooked too!
The break Jeff Goins gave us at the weekend really was a break.
So I messed up. Means I’m an eager participant right! Got my coffee, got writer’s ‘mojo’ and Eurocup eurythmia – no wonder I tripped!
Back from the break we are asked not to procrastinate but to prepare: ship and tweak. Send work out into the world, let the critique wash over and tweak and revise. Then ship it out again!
I’m there, I send out work to my online crtique group, just started a face-to-face crit-group in town (by the way ladies, the lightning we witnessed at the close last week may have caused the High Park fire, now covering 20,000 acres with one confirmed missing (more later)), and I also send work to Rate Your Story, for a free manuscript rating.
And I’ve been lucky with the opportunity to have published authors read a few pieces and share their advice. Recently I made an exchange: a logo design for a manuscript read-through by author Natasha Wing: her ‘on-the-side’ business venture: bumcicles
Then I tweak, revise and throw it out into the world again. Goins is right – I should ship it out next time – it has a more respectful ring to it! And without a real ship the bottle of champagne is mine!
Welcome to Design of the Picture Book! I'm Carter Higgins, and I'm a writer and librarian for kids. I spent a spectacular stint as the Children's Book Editor at <a href="http://www.designmom.com/">Design Mom</a> which I loved! You can find my column <a href="http://www.designmom.com/category/childrens-lit/">here</a>.<br /> I'm a K-6 librarian, a former-ish graphic designer, an SCBWI member, and a huge fan of words and pictures.<br /> Represented by <a href="http://www.rpcontent.com/">Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC</a>.