Well, I was going to write the nice stuff, but in looking over this particular entry, I didn't really find anything. So I scoured the comments and found some sugar to help me swallow the bitter pill of reality.
Judge A said I had a good hook.
Judge B made me feel better about this chapter. Said I did a good job creating believable characters and that the setting was interesting.
Judge C said I did a good job raising questions that the reader might want answered.
I'm not a stranger to contests. I absorb the positive stuff first, study the negative, and then soak in the positive again. It helps buffer the blow of learning my chapter is not a romance masterpiece. *grinning here*
Like all of you said, this is a subjective business. What is beautiful to one is ugly to another. It's not personal, and yet it so completely is.
Thank you all for your constructive and edifying comments last post. It is hard to take criticism, both in writing and in our personal lives. But the ability to do so can make a world of difference to whether we succeed or not.
And yet, praise is necessary. Have you ever received a compliment that blew you away? That had you grinning for days?
Writing related or no, I'd love to hear about it.