I’ve Won a Blogging Competition!!

I have won a competition, held on the Positive Writer website (a multiple award-winning site for writers), for a competition called ‘Writers’ Crushing Doubt’!

Here is the evidence just in case you think it’s a ruse to make you keep reading my blog (why didn’t I think of that sooner?): HERE’S MY WINNING ENTRY!

boxing-2The brief was to write a post about, ‘an instance in your life when writers’ doubt tried to stop you from writing and you found a way to overcome it and write anyway.’ Furthermore, it asked for, ‘real stories that … will encourage others to face their doubts and reignite their passion for writing.’

So I wrote about a cheeseburger, a boy called Pete, an 11 year-old’s writing aspirations trampled upon, denying a dream for decades, and then a great big boot up the bum to get that dream burning again.

Here is the original post from this blog (just to prove I didn’t nick it): Crushed by a Cheeseburger

I am stunned. No false modesty here. I have NEVER won a competition in my life. Not even a raffle, where winning out of date baked beans would have made me feel like a champion.

To win a competition based upon my writing efforts has made me feel a little teary and proud. I’m getting some great prizes too which will be really useful with honing my novel.

Soppy git that I am, I want to go back to that 11 year-old girl and announce what we achieved. I would love to tell her that although I would initially let her down by giving up on the dream, I made it up to her, and then some, many years down the line.

I’d also encourage her to tell Miss H. to sod off . My 11 year-old self is possibly a little more grown up than the current version…

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Come on then, Miss H., if you think you’re hard enough…

I love writing this blog. I honestly look forward to writing my posts and sharing them. I enjoy reading and hearing of the pleasure people tell me they derive from reading them. I give as much consideration to my posts as I do to my fiction writing. I hope it shows. I guess I might just be a writer, eh?

Self-doubt is a killer for any creative endeavour. We all struggle with it from time to time. I am going through it now with my novel. I may have won a competition but it doesn’t make me immune to it. I get it. But for today, I choose to believe in myself a little more…

I bloody did it people! The cheeseburgers are on me (veggie versions are available) – just go to your local eatery and tell them Lisa Sell sent you. Ask them to stick it on the tab. Good luck with that…

About Lisa Sell

Lisa Sell is a fiction writer. When she's not wrestling with words she can be found showing the love for chocolate, cheese, coffee, books, the cats, and the husband. Perhaps not in that order.

32 comments on “I’ve Won a Blogging Competition!!

  1. It’s so flipping exciting isn’t it? No false humility, I genuinely didn’t think I’d win. Thanks so much for the congrats and shares to follow. Kicking arse is kind of fun!

  2. If it didn’t involve spending days on a plane to join you, yes! I used to have a standing punch bag in my old house and loved it! No room now… Maybe looking into a class is in order!

  3. Yay congrats Lisa 🙂 I think your blog has a great voice…. you have a knack for telling stories. Don’t give up on your dreams 🙂

  4. Congratulations on your big win! I just find your blog and I’ve never heard of Positive Writer before, but I feel like both of them are really great finds, so I’m glad I was scrolling through blog comments!

    Also, I like that you’re taking your writing seriously and putting in a lot of effort to creating quality content on a schedule (I read a couple posts), but still enjoy it as a hobby and a passion. We need more bloggers like you.

    I’m already a fan!

    1. Hi Michael. Thanks so much for reading some of my posts and commenting. I’m pleased you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far! I do take blogging seriously as I view it as part of my writing, rather than a sideline. I love writing the posts and I hope that shows!

      Positive Writer is a useful site to be part of. I’m not just saying that because I won a competition on it! Writers, no matter what they’re writing, can go through times of wondering if they’re good enough and what they are producing is going to be accepted. It’s helpful to have a little boost every now and again.

      Welcome to my blog, it’s good to have you here!

  5. Congratulations, Lisa! This blog deserves to win an award, it’s one of my favs 🙂 Interestingly, I’ve just posted about self-doubt too, and how it can interrupt the editing flow. It’s a pain in the butt that’s always there to some degree but we just have to ignore it to the best of our abilities and keep going. Once again, well done, you deserve the acclamation 🙂

    1. Thanks Aderyn! I read your latest post and commented before I saw this comment! I battle self-doubt every day. I do battle with the same ‘Griffin’ you fight. I have to give this novel the chance it deserves as I worked so hard just to get started writing and to finish my first draft. I know I will go round the same circle as you with thinking one moment it’s great and then wanting to give up.

      Thanks for your congrats. I’m pleased you like reading my blog so much. When I hear that someone enjoys it, it makes it worth taking the time with each post.

      Keep on doing what you’re doing – I’m loving it too!

    1. Thanks Jess! I’m no ‘super-blogger’. This is a smallish blog written by someone without any pretensions to be huge in blogging world. I entered the competition as I figured it gave me a chance to write a post about something I felt passionate about, and it was good for me to do in order to face my ‘being rejected’ fears.

      Test the waters, is my advice. Nothing is lost by trying because at least you had a go. You may literally ‘lose’ the competition/opportunity to submit your work/being published etc, but you gain in confidence and developing that thick skin I keep being told that writers need!

  6. Congrats!!! I know there comes a certain level of vulnerability when it comes to our writing, so to be acknowledged that we have support is a wonderful feeling. Keep it up!

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