Thursday, October 28, 2010


OK, so generally I don't do two posts in one day, but I am excited and nervous and all over feeling like I am going to explode.  Or throw up.  I can't decide.

My darling husband, Jamey, just sent me home information about a contest.  A WRITING CONTEST.  It's a local contest and you send them the first 50 pages of your unpublished novel, you know, in a very particular format and all, and then they read them and then if they like yours you become a finalist and you send them the whole thing.  There are two runner up prizes and a grand prize person. 

I am scared, but I think maybe I should enter it.  My hands are shaking and all sweaty right now at the thought of real people reading even part of my book.  I want to do this.  I went and formatted it to their format right away.  And when I looked at where my 50 pages end, it happens to be at a pretty cool spot.  I wonder if I should do this.  What do you think, my lovely, loyal followers?  What if they hate it?  What if they like it? 

It's not a reflection on me whether they like the book or not, right?  . . .And it would only encourage me either way to write more, right?  Oh dearie me, I feel sick.  C'mon, I need some words of encouragement!!!!  HELP!


  1. I'm thinking you've sent it in by now. RIGHT???

  2. Hey mind sharing the 411? I have been working on one (prose and poetry) for the better part of 19 years and this would be neat to try.

  3. Do it. Do it NOW. Send the thing. I am standing by to eat chocolate with you and celebrate. Proud of you!

  4. Do it! Do it! Do it!!!! You'll be great!!

  5. I think it's an AWESOME idea. You'll never know if you don't try. Everything worth something is scary. And don't worry about the outcome. It's just the point of doing it that's important. I can't wait to hear what happens.........NO MATTER WHAT! It will be a wonderful experience that many of us don't get to go through.

    -Kim Lemaster (still haven't figured out how to get my name on here!)

  6. it worked! Sorry to mess up your blog.....I'm so not computer savy. I'm slow to figure this stuff out!

  7. HA! You didn't mess the blog up Kim! I'm glad you figured it out!

    And I am going for it. It won't matter whether they like it or not. Thanks for the encouragement everybody!

  8. Definitely go for it Carolyn. And just remember - IF you don't win it doesn't mean they don't like your book OR that yours wasn't good, it means there were others as good as yours and that they struggled to pick between them!!
    BUT think positive! Your new mantra - "I CAN and I WILL win"!!! Xxxxx


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