Yes, I should be doing something else. Let’s face it there is always something else we should be doing other than blogging, writing or enjoying ourselves!
I’ve had two indulgent days of writing. Well it isn’t really indulgent. Despite my past reservations I’ve decided to have a go at entering some writing competitions. It is proving a very good way to discipline myself into writing on a daily basis. On Monday I got a bit carried away and wrote two stories. Then began a third that I finished yesterday.
At some point I must get to grips with my next novel but for now I want to get ahead with the short stories, at least while I have enough ideas springing into my head.
Writing for competitions makes me feel a little less guilty about ignoring other business. Not that I can do that for long but at least the competitions provide the potential of winning some cash (even if it may be a bit akin to doing the lottery!) So I feel justified in spending some time on them.
Of course, and I’m not being negative here but realistic, there is every chance that I won’t win or even be a runner up. As much as it would be nice to have one of my stories recognized for its pure brilliance (coughs) I have in the back of my head that as I go forth on my quest for recognition, should I not win, the alternative is possibly more exciting than actually winning. My intention is, once I’ve written twenty short stories or so, I will have enough material to publish a book of short stories, so they won’t go to waste.
This idea has put even more impetuous into my writing. I am on more of a mission than usual…
The diversity of topics is good too. I am being challenged to write in genres I wouldn’t normally try. It’s too easy to rest inside your comfort zone whatever you do, so the opportunity to diversify is exciting and gives my brain a good boggle.
As each story is rejected (again I’m not being negative, just practical.) I will publish an excerpt here on the blog with a description to whet your appetite for what is to come in my book of short stories. Of course, if I am lucky to win any of these competitions, I’ll post a link here to where it gets published.
Please keep your fingers crossed for me!
If you haven’t already read one of my short stories, check out The Tweet Up, a six part short story here on this blog. When strangers meet, intrigue follows…
You can download The Eight of Swords, The Putsi and What Lurks Beneath to your Kindle or eReader.
Now, back to what I should be doing…
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