Writers & Illustrators of the Future Blog

The purpose of this blog is to provide a forum for winners, judges, entrants and anyone interested in sharing information regarding the contests and the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future volumes. For more information you can also go to www.writersofthefuture.com

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Message from K.D. Wentworth

Dear All,

K.D. Wentworth, the coordinating judge and first reader for the Writers of the Future contest has words of wisdom for contestants of the Writers contest:

The stories are ever increasing in quality which means you are all getting better and this is good. One thing that will set your story apart from the others is ORIGINALITY. This has been said before but it can't be said enough. ORIGINALITY.

--- K.D. Wentworth


  • At October 19, 2007 at 8:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    & here i thought there was 'nothing new under the sun' (Ecc 1:9)...:) I've been telling my students: write! just write! yes, it's all been already written -- you just have to tell it a different way! Look at Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet!

    seriously, though, thanks for the guidance: that's an important tidbit of info!

  • At October 30, 2007 at 7:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    That's a fine piece of advice, but personally, I'd like more detail. I don't think many people wake up in a day and say, "Hmm, I think I'll write something unoriginal today."

    Since you probably can't tell us what original constitutes, what about unoriginal? What are some common themes or plot devices or characters or settings that make a story unoriginal? That would be much more useful than just saying, "Be original."

  • At October 31, 2007 at 7:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    That's good advice to be original. I totally agree. However, to be useful, the advice really needs to be more than just, "Be original." Who isn't always trying to be original?

    Some details about what isn't original would be very helpful.


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