You know how sometimes you’re on a roll, getting stuff done, thinking that there is a high likelihood that you may in fact be superhuman… When you suddenly realise you’ve forgotten to write your Monday blog post? Yeah, that just happened to me. I’m feeling pretty chuffed with myself for getting through some time-consuming chores this morning, so I won’t be too harsh on myself; besides, here’s the post!
I mentioned last week that I was in the process of working on a piece of speculative fiction, and I actually started writing this particular one as an entry into the The Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition (deadline is tomorrow, so if you’ve got something under 1000 words ready to go, dive on in!). As per usual, my idea was fairly nebulous when I started out, but I quickly ended up with 1600 words: a tad frustrating when the word limit is 1000! They needed to be rewritten and whittled down, so over the past week, I did just that. I’ve ended up with an ok-looking piece which I recently sent out to some friends for their opinions (I’m also incredibly fortunate in that James has resigned himself to always having to read my stories prior to them going anywhere, and he bears this heavy burden manfully). Last night, after having finished the third edition of my story, I felt… uninspired by it. It’s ok. It’s an alright kind of short story, but it certainly doesn’t feel like anything special and usually, for me, I want to like something that I’m entering in a competition. It’s not brilliant, it’s just ok.
Because I’m not already paid up for this competition, I’m in a little bit of a different situation to the norm. If I chose not to enter anything at all in this comp, I’d merely be $10 better off, whereas in other situations, not entering a piece would mean I’d wasted the money I’d already paid to participate. And that sounds kind of good, because if I don’t like my story, I can simply choose not to submit it and save $10… Except I’d written it for this competition. Save $10. Quit sooking and submit. Save $10. Submit.
So that’s where I’ve been sitting since last night, firmly on the fence. To submit, or not to submit?
For those of you dying to know, I did decide to submit it. Maybe it’s not the best thing I’ll ever write, but perhaps it’s still good enough to see the light of day; and maybe sometimes it’s good to submit something you’re not quite sure of (perhaps I’ll surprise myself? Nevermind the fact that if it doesn’t do well, I’ll just put it up on here). I can’t help but feel that there’s no point pursuing these opportunities if I’m going to wimp out of it when the time comes to click the submit button. After all, it’s only $10. If you’re tossing and turning at night, trying to figure out whether to jump off the cliff and submit your work to a magazine, or enter a competition, do it! Join me in taking the plunge.
More chores beckon, so have a wonderful week everyone, and see you on Friday!