My plan this year was two fold. Get my third novel finished, and to enter as many writing competitions as I could.
But as another competition comes to a close and I receive an email to tell me I haven’t made the short list, I find my heart sinking and confidence slipping away.
Now reality tells me I can’t hope to win them all. The strong, positive part of me shouts ‘Why the hell not!’ What’s the point in entering, if not to win, but The meek and mild part says, it’s all about the taking part, having a go. At least, at the end of the day you have a story you can send out somewhere else.
It’s easy to rationalize my two conflicting feelings. I guess, it’s what make us human. The trouble is when I was at school, it was all about wining, not just taking part.
Your success in the world was all about your drive to improve yourself, to stand up and be counted for your achievements. Whether this was A1 school reports, gold stars, cups or gold medals.
You had to be the best!
I, of course left school without any outstanding achievements and slipped into doing low paying, dead-end jobs.
When my son was at school, things became easier on the underachievers… It was all about the taking part. As a child, maybe this is a good thing, not to allow any child to feel left out as the class leaders achieve the gold stars, A1 reports etc.
The only problem with that is the drive to be the very best is lost, meaning it has a negative impact on the rest of their lives. Once out in the real world it is all about being the best you can be through hard work. Nothing comes easy, if you want to be the best, it takes determination, perseverance, patience and lots of hard work.
I may fail in all the competitions I’ve entered this year, but at least I know I’ve had a go. As the old lotto ad said, You have to be in it to win it.
If all else fails, I will still have 12 stories and one novel finished.
To be the best is all about having a go, working hard at improving yourself and never, ever giving up.
I know, if I fail it all down to me. So I shall be taking another look at my work, and seeing if I can improve on what I wrote, and maybe trying a different market this time, i.e. a magazine or another competition.
Have a great day with your writing,
Paula R C.