One Way to Get Your Writing out Fast.

Some years ago I was always one for entering competitions. I decided to give up after a while once I began to discover that I was paying more in entry fees than I was receiving any results.  It was also around this time that I was persuaded to do something a bit different.

There was a competition to become one of six successful applicants to attend the first Write Around the Murray Festival Writer’s Workshop.  It was to be run by Debra Adelaide, author of The Household Guide to Dying and senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Technology in Sydney.  Applicants needed to provide three chapters of a completed novel.  I was lucky to have a completed novel up my sleeve, but I believed it wasn’t anywhere near a high enough standard.  Inundated with my University studies at the time, I gave the three chapters a quick edit and sent off my application.  To my utter disbelief, I became one of those six successful applicants.

Not only did I learn a great deal from the entire experience, but I also learnt the value of having a completed work up my sleeve.  If I didn’t, it would have been yet another opportunity that would have passed me by.  If you want to enter writing competitions, try to finish everything you write so that you already have something to send in.  This creates less hassle and stress while trying to meet that all important deadline.  Even if you are unsuccessful, you will have managed to improve your craft while building up a body of work at the same time.

Do you enter writing competitions and how often? Have you had any success? Are you in the habit of finishing everything you write?

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4 thoughts on “One Way to Get Your Writing out Fast.

  1. I too used to do writing competitions, though they were usually ones for I kind of had to finish those stories and articles. But a lot of the time I do have a problem with finishing other stuff in general, other writing stuff that is. It’s usually the ending that gets me; I’ve a horrible time with those!

    1. Debbie Johansson 27/07/2012 — 12:03 am

      Hi Catchersrule. I haven’t entered in a competition for a while as I need to rack up more projects. I know what you mean about endings. I usually do outlines for my novels, but I’m a ‘panster’ when it comes to short stories. I stalled at the end of my last short story and it took me some weeks to write the ending. Thanks for your comments and best of luck with your writing!

  2. Very cool, Debbie! I agree it’s important to finish everything we write. When a competition or a submission call goes out, it feels great to know we have something we can consider submitting.

    1. Debbie Johansson 29/07/2012 — 1:57 am

      Hi Christy. I used to enter competitions with stories that I had to write from scratch, but I much prefer to send in something that I have completed. I find it’s much easier that way! Thanks for your comments. 🙂

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