Writing Contests

I don’t do Writing Contests.

It’s nothing against them, actually, just that striving for awards doesn’t blip on my radar and putting forth the effort to prepare an entry, get together an entry fee (BIG No-No as far as I’m concerned), and then wait for a response when I could just as easily put that story out there for an audience to read, seems like a waste of time to me.

Way back in the day, I used to debate at length on the subject of Exposure and while I would wholeheartedly agree that getting your name and work out there is important, is paying for it really the way to go?

There are two questions that should be considered when speculating on this issue:

1) Is the cost worth the potential benefit?

2) Am I doing this for the Craft or for the Accolades?

Don’t get me wrong, everyone loves winning a prize and the potential admiration of their peers. I always get a special thrill when someone sends me a message expressing how much they love my writing or when I read a positive review on Amazon. That’s Human Nature. We love that metaphoric scratch behind our ears.

You could make the argument that writing contests are like the Lottery in that you can’t win if you don’t play. I wouldn’t argue with that except that even if you do play the Lottery, you can still lose and I’m certainly not trying to dissuade anyone from entering such things. What I am putting forth is to question your motivations to do so before you write that check, buy a money order, or grab your credit card.

Do you really need to do this in order to be a better writer? Of course you don’t. All you need to do is write and the days of exposure options being limited are long behind us.

So, get writing. 🙂


Blogger Recognition Award Nomination

Blogger Recognition Award

Imagine my surprise when I went into my email and discovered that I had been nominated by Alice Dempsey over at her blog, Alice and Her Looking Glass. Thanks, Alice, I really appreciate it. The Blogger Recognition Award was created by Edge of Night, as a way to recognize bloggers and to allow them in turn to recognize the bloggers of their choice. Pretty nifty, huh?

According to the Award Rules, I have to do the following as a Nominee:

1: Nominate 15 other blogs you want to give the award to! And really dig around for these – you can’t nominate yourself or the person who nominated you.

2: Create a post to show off your award. And give a little backstory to your blog, and your personal blogging journey. Also, give some advice to other bloggers about blogging, and the blogosphere. Also, thank whoever nominated you, and include your award in the post – do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above.

3: Comment on the 15 blogs to let them know that you are nominating them.

4: And provide a link back to the original creator of the award, Edge of Night, so that we can all keep track of the award and who has been nominated!

How I came to The Blogosphere:

I’ve been writing and storytelling for most of my life. I initially didn’t have much interest in blogging, but friends and acquaintances prevailed upon me to start one as a way to promote my books and myself.

In my opinion, expanding into Blogging is a surprisingly natural and liberating part of the process because as writers, we often work in a vacuum. Blogging allows me to extend myself beyond mere stories into areas where I can share the thought process behind my storytelling.

My Advice:

When starting up a blog, it’s a good idea to decide beforehand where you want to go with it and what you want to do. Once you have determined the Where and What, you can then move on to the Why and Who. It is important to have a direction and a purpose.

Also, it is a good idea to know your Blogging Voice. What I mean is that if you want to be funny, smart, sarcastic, deep, etc. Your Voice is important because it is the carrier wave that will be moving your message along.

My Nominations:

Note: I had almost 100 blogs to go through to make a list of 15. If it were up to me, I would nominate everyone I follow.

1. Broke Fiction

2. Dream Big, Dream Often

3. Write me a book, John!

4. The Drabble

5. Poesypluspolemics

6. Daily (w)rite

7. Adopting James

8. Michael’s Origins

9. In Noir Velvet

10. Skipah’s Realm

11. Jack J Binding

12. Healthy Quack

13. Jack Flacco

14. Cristian Mihai

15. Orange Pond Connects