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 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.