High risk writing

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Edmonds Waterfront October 2014
Edmonds Waterfront October 2014

I attended the Write on the Sound writer’s conference in Edmonds, Washington October 3rd thru 5th.  I participated in numerous workshops – most of which were very beneficial.  One of the challenges I heard many of the instructors tell us wannabe authors was to enter as many writing contests as possible.

Put yourself out there; take a risk; keep writing.

That sentiment really resonated with me.  Since returning home from the conference, I’ve already entered one contest and have two more lined up for which I’m preparing submission pieces.  And I’m stretching myself by trying new genres.  Case in point: I submitted a 3,000 word short story called Variant in the Horror genre.  Shocking, right?  Winners of that Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards contest won’t be announced until the end of the year.

Later this week I will be entering the “Dear Lucky Agent Contest” by submitting only the first 200 words of my completed novel, Armed for Bear, (current working title) plus a query letter.  Winners of that contest will be announced early November.

Writer in the making
Writer in the making

Additionally, today I wrote the first draft of a short story that I’ll be submitting later next month.  The story must begin with the following sentence, “I knew it was a mistake the moment it was over.”  This was a fun piece to write because it can only be 750 words or less.  It takes lots of discipline to slim down a story so that it’s still entertaining and says what it’s supposed to say.

Wish me luck as I keep on submitting pieces!

Just like the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t enter.

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