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:
- Discover topic for the 1000 word story via Rachael’s blog
- Have a complete creative breakdown over the chosen topic
- Say to myself “I can’t do it”
- Frantically brainstorm suitable excuses for why I am not going to be entering the next writing contest.
- Draft grovelling email to Rachael, giving 2-3 decent excuses about why I am not going to be able to submit a story.
- Choose not to send email.
- Instead sit and stare blankly at topic on screen – until a little trickle of saliva runs down side of my mouth.
- 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.
- Increase cheese in take
- Frantically go through ‘Photopin’ photos in desperate hope that one will kick start creative inspiration
- Return to sitting and staring at topic on screen.
- Chew down top of pen and then eat my way through packet of biscuits.
- 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.)
- Decide not to send email.
- Stomp about all day Sunday, huffing and puffing around loved ones
- 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.)
- Type 1000 words like crazy and then leave alone.
- 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.)
- In lunch break at work review story and decide it’s rubbish.
- Spend afternoon moaning to work colleagues about how hard writing is.
- 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.
- Schedule blog post containing short story on Monday evening and sigh loudly.
- Tweet Rachael to say how much I am looking forward to the blog battle.
- Review over breakfast on Tuesday and remove some of the things that I was worried about originally on Monday morning.
- Post goes live! Smile and breathe
- Watch Rachael’s blog like a hawk for the topic for next week’s contest.
- Read other writers stories – compare and contrast time.
- Force some poor soul that I know to read my story and watch for immediate reaction.
- 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!
- 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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