Good morning from my *office* on the living room couch. 🙂
I have declared, starting today, that every weekday morning from 9 to 11:30 am are my official office hours.
This will be the designated time I write my words.
Yes, I realize I’m blogging during my office hours at the moment. 🙄
In my defense, it’s currently 9:56 am and I’ve already written 630 words (after deleting 238 words) in the past 56 minutes for a story I’m working on which I will submit to a contest.
I have to step away from the story a bit because I kept using the same words over and over again. How many times can you use the word classroom in a paragraph before you go insane?
Work will resume shortly. In the meanwhile, I’m writing different sort of words here for you to read. (You’re welcome.)
Let me update you on my writing progress:
In my Evernote app I have many stories that are of romantic nature, sometimes with some steamy sex thrown in. Some of those were fun to write but remain unpolished and unpublishable. I have had a couple of people read them and some of the feedback included things like “hit me with the drama right up front” or a generic “I like it” which to me means it’s not catchy enough.
You’d think with all the drama in my own life I would have no trouble coming up with story drama for my writing… 🙄 lol
I know what my weaknesses are. Which is why I need to keep practicing. So I’ll keep working on it.
While I was searching for a suitable contest to participate in (which I found) I came across the program application most places insist writers use to submit work. It’s called Submittable and you have to register an account and cut and paste your work into that application. This is because email attachments often pick up viruses along the way which inevitably will infect computers wherever the attachment is opened in.
So while I was in my Submittable account, I noticed a nice little list of my submitted work. It keeps track of it for me, how nice is that? (I have a spreadsheet where I keep my own notes on my laptop and in my backup system.)
It appears the last time I entered any contest was in 2017. I even got acknowledged for one piece I wrote (but it ended up not making the short list). The acknowledgement however was enough to get my creative juices flowing again and I started writing my story right then and there.
The maximum word count for the contest I’m participating in is 2500 words. I’m going to write my whole piece in Evernote without looking at the word count until the end and then edit it later, after a day or two away. I have until Halloween to submit it so there’s plenty of time to tweak the piece over the next few weeks.
Tell me, have you entered writing contests or participated in story prompts with deadlines? How did you go about those if you have?