I visited my friend Krisit's blog the other day, and she was talking about having a positive attitude about writing. I left a comment about one of the things that helped me over there, and I'd like to expand on it here.
For those of you who know me well, you know I have often and loudly denounced contests. I have made no secret of the fact that I don't like some of the things that goes on behind the scenes.
Before I get 100 posts telling me that I don't know how hard it is, I do all too well.
I was the CC for the Colorado West Romance Writers Motherlode contest for two years and a smaller one pg contest for another year.
Granted, it's been a long time, but from what I've seen, I don't think a lot has changed in the contest arena.
I had a self revelation the other day when I visited Kristi's blog.
Contests, for the most part, have become a real morale booster for me.
Huh? Me, the contest hater?!!!
Yep. It's true.
In the last year, I have finaled in more than 75% of the contests I've entered. And that has given me a HUGE morale boost. I frame the certificates, hang them above my desk, and when things get tough, I look up there and remember that some stranger thought I was a decent writer! (The one pictured here is my first place plaque from Colorado Romance Writers Heart of the Rockies last year).
It's fun, the anticipation of waiting for the finalists to be announced, too. I love the build-up, the adrenaline. I can honestly say the part I like the very best is the call or email from the CC. It's such a kick to get the notification. The fun of telling of my CPs, and the gals on the Contest Alert list that I've finaled is such a good time, too. So far, my requests for fulls have been slim, but that isn't exactly a let-down either, when it happens!
RWA just announced the winners of the Golden Heart.
Could you imagine the thrill of getting that call, as a finalist? I can't even imagine how exciting that must be! I understand that you get to wear a sash for all the RWA conference attendees to see, and that everyone knows what that means. How much fun that must be. And to win...sigh.
The deadline to enter is about 4 months away....do I have something ready?