Entering To Win

The Postman Cometh

I took this photograph in October of 2009 thinking I might need a photo of the Postie making his rounds to help tell a story one day, and today is that day. As some of you may remember, I picked the word Completion for 2011 and I have been hard at work trying to tick things off my list since we rolled into this new year.

Today, I ticked a box that I had not even planned on and I had to complete it fairly quickly to meet a deadline. Somewhere around the middle of January, I decided to enter a piece in a short story competition here in the UK. I had something that I had worked on a few years ago thinking that it might evolve into something bigger , but had never completed it. So I dusted it off and began to work with it and quickly realized that writing a short story is very different than writing a novel.

Looking at it now, it’s difficult to see more than the roots of the original story and I learned during the process that it is easier to write a new one than try to graft a piece on here and there to make it fit.

I was surprised by what unfolded and how good it felt to see it on its way today when I dropped it into the post box outside our village shop.

I’ll keep you posted (no pun intended) on any feedback I receive, even if it turns out to be nothing more than a thanks for entering. I am going to sleep tonight satisfied that I’ve completed a good first step in creating a work life where things go out the door with an intention and focus on publishing.

You have to send it out to have a chance and mine left about 4:00PM today.

16 thoughts on “Entering To Win

  1. Snap! I entered my first short story comp this week :) I’m not interested in the outcome, my challenge to myself was to actually complete something and enter it, and I did!
    I’m so happy for you my friend, best of luck. Perhaps I could read your story sometime? You are always welcome to see mine :)

  2. will keep my fingers crossed for you. I’ve been afraid to try short pieces. They seem so hard–so little space to get the story right. Hope we get to see the story here, some time, maybe as a serial piece?

  3. Good for you! I’m raising a glass in your honor! I takes courage to send our “children” off into the world. The more you send out there, the better your chances and the more your confidence will grow.

    I’m pulling for you!

  4. It is truly amazing the power of one little word to focus on for the year. My word this year is Priority and the universe is having a fine time teaching me its meaning from many different viewpoints. I too, would love to read your short story.

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