What do you think about them?
- They can be a great place to find inspiration.
- They can help you write something outside of your comfort zone.
- They can fill up your time so that you don't get any writing done on your projects.
- They can help you find new bloggers that you click with and become great friends. Maybe even critique partners.
- They can bring new followers to your blog.
- Your entire day can disappear while you are reading other entries.
As you can see, I mostly like blogfests. They won't get me published, but they are a lot of fun. Here are three blogfests I'm participating in during February:
That's Y Amore Blogfest hosted by Oasis for YA on February 11th. Post 250 romantic, swoon-worthy words from your YA WIP.
One participant will win a swoon-worth book from the book depository.
Hook, Line & Sinker Blogfest hosted by Justin W. Parente on February 13th. Post the first 500-1000 words of a WIP and see if others would read on.
The suggested guidelines they used to judge entries last time was the following:
- Does the character have a personality I can fall into easily? This includes any dialogue exchanged.
- Is the world around them set up to compliment the character as they're introduced?
- Are there secondary characters to assist with the hook?
- Lastly, would I read more?
2 lucky kiss stories will receive a 14 page edit from the blog hosts.
That's three in one week! I'm sure there are tons of others that I've missed.
Add ins from comments:
http://blog.apathyshero.com/ is hosting a Beta Blogfest in Feb, kind of a 'show me yours and I'll show you mine' kind of event.
Critique my Blog hosted by Teralyn--TOMORROW, Feb 1st. Have people tell you how your blog is stacking up. I just joined this one last minute. Think I'll add Unicorn Bell too!
- Do you participate in blogfests? Why or why not?
- Would you like us to host a blogfest with voting and prizes?
- What kind of blogfest is your favorite (kissing, fighting, dialogue, show vs. tell, photo inspired, etc)?