The ups and downs of writing

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My manuscript before I cut it down to size
My manuscript BEFORE I cut it down to size

The first weekend of October, I attended my first writer’s conference, a conference that inspired me to live a life filled with high risk writing.  The risk?  I might get rejected.

I entered two contests within a week of returning home.  Alas, I found out on Wednesday, November 12th, that I did not win the Writer’s Digest Dear Lucky Agent contest.  This was a contest wherein a writer’s completed – but not yet published – manuscript is front and center.  Entrants submitted the first 200 words of their manuscript and a one-page query letter that provided an “elevator pitch” type of synopsis of the completed work.  Three winners were chosen from a field of many; those winners won the privilege of having the first 10 pages of their manuscript critiqued by the agent judge of the competition.

As soon as I discovered that I had not been chosen as a winner for that contest, I entered another one.  I sincerely believe that the more you write, the better at writing you become.  I’m counting on that to be true.  I am now researching other contests to enter so that my high risk writing career will have a better chance of taking off.

I'm not done yet!
I’m not done yet!

I’m not ashamed that I didn’t win the very first writing competition that I entered; I’m happy that I had the guts to take a risk.

 

Stay tuned; win or lose, I will provide updates on every contest that I enter. 

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2 thoughts on “The ups and downs of writing

    Mike Good said:
    November 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I love it. I always said that I hate to write, which I did, but it turns out I just wasn’t writing about things that were important to me. No risk, no reward!

      boomer98053 responded:
      November 14, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      I know it sounds trite, but just like with the Lottery, you can’t win if you don’t enter – regardless of the odds. Thanks for the encouragement.

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