You've finally decided to take the plunge and write a short story for the latest contest.
No doubt, as soon as you posted it you fretted about your decision to 'go public'.
Then you likely refreshed your page over and over to see if anyone had left a star, flag or reply.
If so, this message is for you.
For many of us, the decision to enter a contest was not really about stars or flags...it was about being brave, lol...and hoping to achieve the status
of "Writer" in a place that has such talent in it's membership.
Those of us who do have that status, are only in competition against each other now. We do not go up against any of the "non-writer" stories.
So we get 'applauses', and a pat on the back...the winner chooses the next theme.
That's a big responsibility because you need to think of something that will attract attention and stir those creative juices!
Most of us enter a new contest because we are interested/challenged by the topic, but the "need to win" isn't really there anymore. It's more
about "Do I still have what it takes to be a contender?" or "Hey, cool...what can I do with this subject?"
A lot of the S&F's are earned due to luck. Timing.
Sometimes you just happen to post it when the supportive members are on, and they quickly give you a good head start (because some of us try to show
support to others). There is no club or clique, but yes...there is a rather large group of members who have become friends and are also writers and
active participants. (The majority of the members here are never involved in the fiction/contests at all...it's not their thing.)
What is your point, jacy?
My point is...don't get too attached to your score if you don't win (or place).
Your score is not really a gauge of your talent...and you should never give up if writing is something you enjoy.
Once, in art classes...we were visited by a rather famous local potter who was teaching us how to use the wheel.
He made a perfect vase, and then crushed it flat! As we all gasped in horror, he said...
"Do NOT get attached to your art. As an artist, KNOW that you can always produce another piece that is just as good if not better."
I never forgot those words of advice.
Sometimes we are not good judges of our own writing. I have often receive huge amounts of praise for pieces that I almost deleted while thinking
"What is wrong with you? this is utter crap!!"
Hopefully I've seen every entry, and if not please send me a link in a private message.
I wish everyone "Good luck!" and hope that you all continue writing and participating here...because some of us really appreciate it.