Since it is the New Year, and I feel I should start this year with enthusiasm and vigour regards my writing, ( well, I should, shouldn’t I?), I mean to enter some writing competitions.
Now, if I state that I mean to enter some competitions, that means I am going to have to write some short stories too, doesn’t it?
And there lies my problem. You see, I’m not so good at short stories.
I get the feeling that these competitions are just for ‘literary type’ writers. And that just isn’t me.
I’m just a plain kind of writer.
I can’t write full flowing, flowery descriptions and use metaphors and similies. heck, I can’t even remember what they are or probably even spell them correctly. It just isn’t for me.
I am just a plain speaking, sort of girl. I like dialogue and plot. I like to keep it moving. I like interesting characters, to whom interesting things happen.
So, I am not sure I even stand a chance.
On the other hand, I know, 100% for certain, that I stand absolutely zilch chance, diddly squat, negative numbers sort of chance, if I don’t start writing creatively and see where it takes me. plus of course, if I never send it off
Plus of course, if I never send it off, I will waste another year.
Another year of feeling too unsure. Not up to it. Not good enough. Not brave enough. Not a proper ‘writer’.
And I’m sick of it.
If I look back at last year I said the same thing, just different reasons, see here. I entered nothing.
So I’m going to shut my eyes and just do it.
- http://www.readersdigest.co.uk/100-word-story-competition- deadline 20th feb 2016 100 word flashfiction
- http://www.doolinwritersweekend.com/storyComp.html – deadline 5th feb 2016 short story comp. 1,000 – 3,000 words
- https://thejohnoconnorwritingschool.wordpress.com/latest-news-2/ – deadline 29th feb, 2016. Short story competition, 2,000 – 3,000 words.
If that wasn’t enough for you, there are tons more on this site.