eno1 wrote:For a writer I seem to be stumbling for a description of what I am asking.
I am yet unpublished. I have had my short stories read by dozens of people, Fanstory, writing.com etc.. Everyone loves my story lines, ideas,plot etc... However, my writing lacks that something extra that gets one published.
I read award winning stories from various sites and to be blunt, they stink. The writing has flowery, pretty words, but you have to work to get to the end.
How does this stuff win awards?
I don't put superfluous adjectives and adverbs in my sentences, or use a thesaurus.
Is there a magic formula for making my prose more descriptive with few words. I am not thin skinned about my writing, I just want to make it work.
I know READ READ READ
I am reading Hemmingway at the moment.
I don't know where you're trying to get published, but a snag I ran into was that I was submitting my stories to journals that did not publish the kind of thing I was writing. It doesn't matter how great your story is, if you submit a science fiction story to a journal that does not publish science fiction, you are wasting your time.
A lot of the "journals" I was looking at like to publish literary fiction, which is quite different that the kind of stories I write. I realized I needed to look for magazines/publications that published genre fiction, specifically sci-fi/fantasy/horror. I don't have enough info from your original post, but I was in a similar boat because when I bought the back issues of some of these journals that I was submitting to, I couldn't help thinking that everything in there was terrible. I kept saying, "Where is the plot? This story makes no sense? It has no beginning, middle, or end. It just goes and goes and then it stops! The people in these stories are weird!" That was my wake-up call. The stories I was reading were not bad in their own right, they just were not what I like to read. So I don't know what your particular situation is, but make sure you have researched yor market and you're submitting to the right kind of publications!