A Few Things Writers Can Learn From Olympic Athletes

The difference between athletes and writers is that athletes can see a physical result. They can see their body changing, their performance improving and they have a tangible result at the end – a placing or if they’re successful enough, a medal. Writers (I think) seem to think their pursuit is not as worthy because there is no external reward – unless they have successful book sales etc. A lot of the time the reward is internal and is a solitary experience. However, that shouldn’t make it any less important.  The mindset of an athlete is very inspiring and writers could learn a lot from it.  In particular, competing with yourself to get the best result.  Focus on your own performance and ultimately, just do it!

 

I am really enjoying watching the Rio Olympics. It has been a really inspirational sporting event and…one which one makes me feel guilty for sitting on my sofa, wedging another slice of pizza into my mouth, as some poor athlete belts around the track. The Olympics has also provided me with a creative boost which […]

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I did it!

I have completed the challenge that I set for myself – to complete a short story for entry in The Bridport Prize competition.  As I mentioned in my previous post, when I read the instructions properly, I discovered that the word count was a maximum of 5000, not a compulsory amount of 5000 words.  I trimmed some superfluous details from the story and it comes in at 4015 words now.  I’m quite proud of that.  I know this won’t be the best work I will ever do.  I know it’s only the beginning but I’m glad I achieved what I set out to do.  Now to move onto the next project – publish an e-book this year.  Onwards and upwards!

Quick update – The Challenge

After only writing 100 words tonight, I realised that I have taken on a mammoth task. Trying to fit writing around a full-time job and raising a family is not easy. I still have around 1800 words to go to reach the required 5000 and of course, there is still editing to do. In the past, I would have been scared off. Now, I invite the challenge. I am trying to invent ways of gaining time to write. Let’s just say, I may be a hermit for the next couple of weekends. I WILL COMPLETE THIS CHALLENGE! I will be entering the competition. I am loving my positive outlook on this and I hope I can maintain it. Watch this space!

The link for the competition, should you require it – Bridport Prize.

A challenge!

A leaflet fell out of my magazine for The Bridport Prize.  Could it be a sign? I’m taking it as one!  Where is the harm in entering this competition? There’s none at all.  I am a fledgling writer and I know the odds of me winning are slim but not as slim as if I don’t enter at all – and herein lies the challenge.

For short stories, the required word count is 5000 words.  At the rate I write, I would struggle to write a new story in 27 days.  Oh yes, I forgot to say, the deadline is 31 May.

So, the plan is to use a short story I have already written.  I have the ideal story in mind.  As I write this, the aforementioned story only contains 1500 words so I have to fatten this bird up.  27 days to write an additional 3500 words.  Eek!

Not to worry, I’m relishing the challenge.  I may not win but I’m going to have fun trying.  If nothing else, it will give me practice in discipline and working to a deadline.  Perhaps this is just the boost I needed.

Self-imposed deadline coming up next month for the completion of my first short story compilation.  Watch this space!

http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/