So I just did this:
I just entered a fiction writing contest. For people who are 45 years or older. I am 45 years or older. I am 45.56 years old. I’ve written some fiction. I submitted some of that content. So, like … heck to the yeah!
I’ve never done anything like this in my life.
If you knew me, you’d say, “Why not? You’ve a winning personality and a bright smile and a cheerful outlook on life… why wouldn’t you go for this?” and I’d say, “Because I don’t know. Because I suck. Because I have no confidence.”
And you’d say, “But you have this blog, you write all the time, you love to write and you wrote this whole story, that one about the poor kid who injected himself to turn himself into a tree, but he didn’t know why he did it himself, like why he felt this irrepressible urge to turn himself into a tree, but he learned later, you know in that scene you wrote… and that scene, man… holy shit, did you submit that scene?”
And I’d say, “No, I didn’t submit that scene, but I did submit the parts that led up to it; the parts that started the story because while that whole scene, and maaaaan, yes, the ones after it, painted such a … wow, a detailed and intense reason and like shed light on a whole slew of effed-up family history, like real intense stuff, I decided against submitting that part because I wanted to follow the moderator’s advice, which was: ‘always leave the reader wanting more.’ So I did. I did that. I left the reader wanting more.”
And then you’d say, “Well, that’s OK, but you should’ve submitted that scene, Mol. It was so good, so intense. What about the later one, at the cemetery? Did you do that?”
And I’d punch you in the face because I would feel defeated because I had already submitted the content. I’d say “No. Just the earlier parts… because I didn’t want to give too much away and I had to keep it to 5,000 words and I had to have the content stand on its own…”
And then you’d nod and smile and say, “That’s awesome, Mol. Good job.” And you’d pat me on the back and then you’d think a little and your face would make a squinchy expression, like you smelled something rancid in the other room, but just a hint of it and you’d ask, “But when will you find out if you placed or won or got an honorable mention or anything, Mol?”
And I’d say, “Humph. You know what…? I have no clue. It sorta doesn’t matter. Except for the fact that if I won $1000 for the competition I’d use it to purchase a publishing package … or yoga certification classes. But the more I think about it, probably the publishing stuff. Right?”
And you’d say, “Yeah, I mean you don’t need certification to teach yoga and that Bikram dude is a total perv and that John Friend guy is another perv, so yeah… do the writing thing.” And I’d nod.
Yeah, so I’m stepping out of my box again. I have only one person to thank and she knows who she is. She lives on the other side of a fence line we share. Years ago she told me “I believe in you.” And she gave me this little card that said so. And if there were a little place to write a dedication for a content submission, it would be dedicated to her. So thanks, RICK. xoxo
So, if you’re on the fence to do something like this… just do it y’know? After your first writing contest what’s another one? The second… 😉 (I just said that to a friend of mine in a comment.) So don’t be afraid. I did this. You can too.
You can’t win if you don’t play. (That’s my motto.)
As for the rest of you: have a wonderful Sunday and a Happy Easter if that’s your bag; it’s mine, so I will.
Awesome Molly! Guess what, I think you picked the perfect part of the story to submit and I believe others will feel the same way. If they don’t too bad! 😉
I am proud of you for taking the …..leap…….because I know that’s what it felt like!
Happy Easter to you too!……Gotta go now, I have to go fill a basket……….
Well done and good luck 🙂
I’m so proud of you.
Thanks, Kelly. This is what writers do. So you do it too.
That’s awesome. Good for you and congrats!
Thanks, Amy! If I win $1,000 I’m commissioning a creepy baby from you as my protagonist.
That seems like a very wise use of your winnings. I would be honored.
Yay!! I can’t wait to see you win this one! Great job!
Thanks, J! I feel like I already won… It’s such a nice feeling to just go for something; one less fear holding me back. 🙂
I think it is awesome!!
I keep thinking about the act of doing something. How many people want to be writers, but never write? Never enter a contest? Never submit anything anywhere? These are HUGE steps toward a much bigger goal. I am super excited for you. Thank goodness for people like Rick who keep you moving forward with their supportive natures. Thanks for being brave. That can be infectious you know.
these are “huge steps toward a much bigger goal.” they are and it seems to defy everything we’re born with to not do something like this for ourselves: we are born to DO great things. why not try? fear. well… fear can suck it. right? right.
oh! It’s an infection, a virus that should spread! spread all over the world! yes, thank goodness for people like Rick.