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!
The 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 Not even a raffle, where winning out of date baked beans would have made me feel like a champion.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…
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…