So I Smiled and Sent Them Some Money…

How’s it going? Yesterday, I did something I don’t remember doing before. And I think it has the potential to impact my life on a potentially large scale. What was it?

Entering a paid writing contest.

Before this, if I did enter contests, I’d only do free ones. This one is put on by the organization I got a lot of my fiction writing training from, so that’s really great.

I think this has the potential to change my life because it gets me back in the game–I haven’t been writing fiction as much as I’d like, and this was a great push for that.

If I win some of the prize dough, that will be a great boost to my confidence, to be sure.

One important thing I have to mention is that the battle about writing (as to whether you have what it takes or not, or can do this or not) actually begins inside of you–a place no one can reach unless you let them.

So this shouldn’t really be about validation, but about the opportunity itself–doing something I’ve never done before, and getting on out there. So it’s about 65/35 between the opportunity and validation–I did have novel starts published before, and deep inside I know as I get better and better at the craft, I’ll break through and the pieces will really, truly come together.

And being able to put this as a line on a resume or other spot for other folks to see won’t hurt either.

Sometimes new is good–it helps you see what’s out there in the world, so that you can add the info to everything else you already know to make even more connections for characters, email subject lines, and what-have-ya.

Even if I don’t win a place in the top five, I can say I gave it a sincere shot, that I tried again, and that brings me one step closer to where I want to be.

Tomorrow is Triple F, so be sure to stop by.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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