I can’t seem to find a fitting title for this post. Maybe I’ll find one when I’m done writing. I entered an author competition a couple of months ago. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for more than a decade now. Entering a Writer’s Digest writing competition is on next year’s bucket list. I know that I’ve mentioned it in previous posts, but I’m extremely proud of myself and how far I’ve come. Believe me, I’ve come a very long way! 2020 was a pretty shitty year worldwide, but I can’t complain. So many good things happened to me this year & I’m grateful for everything.
Two weeks ago, I read an e-mail from the organizer of this author competition. Of course, I thought they would let us know who the winners were… but… NOPE!
When first saw the e-mail subject I held my breath, but it quickly escaped my lips as a heavy sigh. They invited all the twenty-four contestants. Yay! That is sarcasm, in case you are wondering.
Are you wondering why I am so impatient to know who’s won the author competition? Many people told me to be patient, Wednesday 09.12 is right around the corner. You know, I know they are right; it IS right around the corner. It’s less than a week away. But there are three reasons I’m so impatient to know the outcome.
Not only is this author competition the most important thing I’ve done to start my writing career, it’s the second book (of the many) that I’ve finished.
- This is the first book that reached the hands of strangers. I’ve written some books before (emphasis on WRITTEN and not FINISHED) and all my readers liked them. Most of my readers were people who know me, so it might bias their opinion. If I win this competition, it will be because strangers also agree with my readers (and me, of course).
- I spent so much time writing it (and some more rewriting), then waited three months to hear that we have to wait until the first week of December (and not until the end of November anymore) until we hear the results of the competition. But they…. they e-mailed us they received 24 manuscripts and we have to wait until the first week of December.
- Last but not least, I think my book deserves to win.
I know all the other contestants think their book deserves to win, but mine is amazing.
It is a book everyone can identify with, especially women. If you’ve loved, had your heart broken and dated a few fuckwad-douchebags, then you will identify and sympathize with the protagonist. Not only that, if you’re on a journey of self-discovery, you also will see yourself in the protagonist. Her story is inspired by my own and that of others.
I am excited to share my words with the world. Even if I don’t win anything that night, I’m still a winner, for I am making my dreams come true.