A couple of weeks ago I entered my very first short story competition. I didn’t know about it until a couple of days before the deadline, so it was quite hurried, but it was fun! I’d never written a short story before really, and it was a lot harder than I expected!
I didn’t place anywhere, but I got some really useful and encouraging feedback. I belong to a critique website (which the competition was run through) which has probably done the most for my writing besides ACTUALLY writing – the people are really helpful, specific and encouraging, but also give it to you straight when it sucks.
I hope to keep writing short stories and practicing, because it’s a great art form and would seem to really hone your writing skills without the drain of having to write a whole novel!
2 more goals down!