Former Boot Campers Published
Former Bootcamper Scott Roberts won second place in the 2004 third-quarter Writers of the Future contest for his novella "Blackberry Witch." Our congratulations. Anybody who can think of talking to a ghost in a mason jar understands storytelling.
Here's what Scott Roberts had to say:
"I'm utterly elated.
"The story deals with a witch trying to put her life
back together after her divorce. She and her familiar
resolve to hunt down a wizard with the magic to
reshape their desperate lives. But when that magic
turns out to be housed in the body of a nine-year old
child, they must wrestle with the price that their
desires will exact.
"Did I mention I'm excited about this? The idea for
the story came to me as I drove home to Virginia from
Boot Camp. I developed it using a lot of the tools
you spoke about at Boot Camp-- outlining, wise
reading, etc. The most difficult part of writing this
piece was the editing -- I cut and shuffled away about
1500 words, and tightened the plot. It was like
being forced to trim my fingernails too short. But I
can't argue with the results!
"Again-- thanks very much for Boot Camp. The skills I
learned there have been invaluable in getting published."
And thanks for the testimonial, Scott. But the Boot Camp teaches only the lessons you're ready to learn - and then apply in your writing. The credit belongs to you!