A Blonde Writer Reveals How She Approaches a Weekly Online Writing Contest #writing #writers #blogbattle


I enter a weekly writing contest called the ‘Blog Battle’ and its run by a fab fellow blogger called Rachael Ritchey. You have to submit a 1000 short story and post it on your blog every Tuesday. The topic is given to you the week before.

I take these contests very seriously and I think I display some interesting creative traits during the writing process.

Here is how I approach this writing contest every week:

  1. Discover topic for the 1000 word story via Rachael’s blog
  2. Have a complete creative breakdown over the chosen topic
  3. Say to myself “I can’t do it”
  4. Frantically brainstorm suitable excuses for why I am not going to be entering the next writing contest.
  5. Draft grovelling email to Rachael, giving 2-3 decent excuses about why I am not going to be able to submit a story.
  6. Choose not to send email.
  7. Instead sit and stare blankly at topic on screen – until a little trickle of saliva runs down side of my mouth.
  8. Revise email to Rachael – cut out some excuses and focus in on one strong and well thought out excuse as to why I can’t enter the next contest.
  9. Increase cheese in take
  10. Frantically go through ‘Photopin’ photos in desperate hope that one will kick start creative inspiration
  11. Return to sitting and staring at topic on screen.
  12. Chew down top of pen and then eat my way through packet of biscuits.
  13. Revise email to Rachael, this time add back in all the excuses, think – the more excuses the better (suffering from yellow spotted fever, the cat ate the piece of paper with the topic on, hurt my typing finger etc.)
  14. Decide not to send email.
  15. Stomp about all day Sunday, huffing and puffing around loved ones
  16. When idea for story finally hits – drop whatever I am doing and run to laptop (ironing, matching my husband’s socks, unloading the dishwasher etc.)
  17. Type 1000 words like crazy and then leave alone.
  18. Over breakfast on Monday edit story – undertake first round of identifying typos and spot things which worry me (plot holes, bad humour, boring bits etc.)
  19. In lunch break at work review story and decide it’s rubbish.
  20. Spend afternoon moaning to work colleagues about how hard writing is.
  21. After tea on Monday revisit story and edit story – identify second round of typos and decide to add back in all the things I was worried about earlier.
  22. Schedule blog post containing short story on Monday evening and sigh loudly.
  23. Tweet Rachael to say how much I am looking forward to the blog battle.
  24. Review over breakfast on Tuesday and remove some of the things that I was worried about originally on Monday morning.
  25. Post goes live! Smile and breathe
  26. Watch Rachael’s blog like a hawk for the topic for next week’s contest.
  27. Read other writers stories – compare and contrast time.
  28. Force some poor soul that I know to read my story and watch for immediate reaction.
  29. Tell myself that a ‘yawn’ from them has no bearing on my story, they are either secretly sleep deprived or have an iron deficiency – sigh!
  30. Repeat all of the above on seeing the new topic title.

If anyone wants to know where I am with next week’s contest – I am currently drafting Rachael a quick email…

If only she knew how many emails I draft to her every week but never send – loud sigh and faraway look

Happy writing 🙂

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39 thoughts on “A Blonde Writer Reveals How She Approaches a Weekly Online Writing Contest #writing #writers #blogbattle

  1. Oh my! I really had nooooo idea! Huh. Well, this only proves how great the Blog Battle is for spurring on the writing genius. 😉 I’m pleased as punch! You are a huge part of why the weekly battles are so fun! Seriously couldn’t do it w/o you!

  2. Yes, your list is sooo similar to mine minus the e-mails to Rachael. I tend to procrastinate till Monday and then rip my hair out, pace, eat everything in the fridge, and finally, bang my head on the table till an idea falls out. It ain’t pretty. 😀 😛

  3. Lol, my process (so far) includes panicking over a story idea, leaving most of the story ’til the last minute, then writing like a maniac, possibly all night. 😀

  4. Well, my list is considerably shorter. It involves seeing the word on Friday, then writing the story at the last minute on Monday, editing on Tuesday, and hoping I get it posted before midnight. 🙂 Oh, and a quick panic before I post that my story doesn’t make sense and the ending’s rubbish. But I close my eyes and hit publish anyway.

  5. LOL XDDD! You make me smile, BlondeLucy. 🙂 I had no idea to what great lengths you went through for these stories each week. You are such a posh fast writer I thought it only took you one day to create your masterpieces. 🙂

      1. Maybe this could be your big break through into television! A series about a blonde going through the process of writing a new story every week, and the drama that ensues. 😉 It could be a hit.

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