Committed to one stupidity, avoiding another

Item #1. I was feeling antsy about my decision to post a first draft of a story. Thought about reneging and editing it, cleaning up typos and awkward sentences. Just re-read it, though, and I'll let it stand.

What the hell, as a first draft it's fine.

Item #2. On Twitter, I saw the first announcements of another writing contest at Editor Unleashed. I recall the last contest over there as being a strange and oddly run affair. The topic for this one, "Why I Write", will surely bring out a great deal of purple prose, maudlin confessionals, angel-winged inspirationals and forced humor (from people trying to game the system).

Unlike the last contest, which was an open vote capped by a star chamber panel opinion and decision ultimately made by the E in C, this one will skip the public part entirely, and will be judged behind closed doors, as most contests are.

I'm not going to participate in this one. I write for reasons that are complicated, and I wouldn't be able to summarize them in a 750 word chunk that would win any awards.

The short version is that I feel joy when I write, I feel pride when I've written, and I'm thrilled when other people are moved by my writing. Writing is therapy, writing is love, writing is sharing, writing is connecting, writing is serenity and balance and peace and excitement and life.

All of which reasons are important, even critical to me.

But it's not something I can express in the kind of prose that other people would think very much of in a contest.

n.b. Update, Nov 10. The final rules were recently announced and do include a public voting of some kind.


  1. I can't enter a contest that is non-fiction. No zombies or dystopian scenarios. :)

  2. Laura: If I were being brutally honest with myself, part of it is that while I'm content to expose my fiction to critique and rejection, I don't want to expose my heart and soul to it.

    But then, I make it a point not to be brutally honest in public.

  3. When I first heard of the contest, I felt much like you do Tony. Since I write mainly nonfiction, the idea of an essay appealed to me, and I've been wanting to explore essay writing, but recalling the previous contest, I couldn't decide if I wanted to enter this one or not.
    Last night my subconscious made the decision for me. I dreamed my essay. I got up and scribbled down as much as I could remember, and this morning have my first draft complete.
    I don't want to influence you, (okay, maybe that's not true), but you might want to reconsider. I've been reading the essays posted so far, in an attempt to keep up for voting, and trust me, I know you, and you too Laura, could do much better than most. Though, to be fair, there are some creative ones, and those by authors I've come to know and appreciate.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I hope your nanowri is going well.

  4. Deanna: I know you, and you too Laura, could do much better than most.

    I appreciate the vote of confidence, but this is not something I care to get involved in. I'll save my mojo for fiction.


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