I entered my first short story competition yesterday after being approached by an online writing community to do so. The word limit was 1000 and I had a vague idea for a story which I moulded the more I wrote. As ever, the story revealed itself to me as I tapped away at the keyboard, the main character spoke to me and all I had to do was try and keep up as I nudged towards the end of the tale. I penned the first draft in an afternoon before fine tuning it over the next couple of days.
It’s only a small competition and I have no grand ideas about winning it. Feedback would be great but it was good to get back into the writing groove again. I’ve just finished a hefty research phase for my latest book and now face an even heftier editing period. Sometimes it’s just good to get an idea and blast the words out. I enjoyed it and will keep my eyes open for similar competitions in the future. It freshens up and sharpens my writing skills, especially when in the midst of a meaty book project.
Win, lose or draw I will let you all read the story in a future blog post. A little thank you to those who have supported my writing dream with the three published books to date. It’s a fiercely competitive market out there and often I retreat to my WordPress community, where it all began, to lick my wounds and regroup. Blogging is where I earned my literary stripes so, despite falling traffic, I’m determined to keep this one going for as long as I can.