The other morning, reading through several popular writing ezines, I got somewhat caught up in the guidelines for many upcoming writing contests, which got me to thinking about writing in a new way.
As writers, we are constantly competing for our chance to be published – our “win”, so to speak. Winning a contest is somewhat like winning a sporting championship, isn’t it?
Sports team coaches drill their players on skills and techniques that will ultimately make them stronger, better players and therefore, a more successful team. Writers hone their skills and techniques in order to become better wordsmiths who can produce stronger, more saleable manuscripts.
For both, the ultimate prize is the win!
Writers have to compete with one another all the time for everything from pieces in magazines and newspapers to contracts with agents and publishers. To me, winning an acceptance for publication is akin to winning a sports championship. Exhilarating and satisfying.
To succeed, both the team sport player and the writer do several things:
1. Make their activity a priority
2. Constantly work on improving their skills and techniques
3. Seek out opportunities for learning new things
4. Enter competitions
5. Look to mentors for coaching and critiquing
6. Expect nothing less than their best
I was never very good at competitive sports. I think I’m doing much better as a writer.
Do you treat your writing like a competitive sport?
Are you doing everything you can to be the best you can be?