Printed from https://www.writing.com/main/newsletters/action/archives/id/8234
Contests & Activities: April 12, 2017 Issue [#8234]

Newsletter Header
Contests & Activities

 This week: Hard Work
  Edited by: spidey
                             More Newsletters By This Editor  

Table of Contents

1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

header for my C&A Newsletters
Welcome to the Contests & Activities Newsletter. I'm spidey , and I'm your Editor this week!

Word from our sponsor

Letter from the editor

Hard Work

Most accomplishments take hard work. Sure, there are instances of people sort of falling into their success, but overall it takes a lot of work. If you read interviews with published authors, they'll most likely say it took them years to get published. They went through a lot of planning, writing, editing, and then submitting before even being published. And then it's a struggle to be a success even when you're published!

The point is, be prepared for work in anything that you do. The publishing world is evolving and changing, especially with the possibility of self-publishing and e-books, but it's still not a sure thing. It most likely won't happen overnight, either.

For most of us, though, the dream is worth the struggle and the work.

Contests and activities can be a great practice for getting published. Not only does writing often strengthen your craft, but writing for a contest or activity can help you prepare for the whole publishing process.

*Bullet* Proofread. While I can't speak for publishers, as I've never been one, I know that most writers and avid readers can be repelled by grammar and spelling mistakes. It's really, really important to catch as many of those as you can! Before you submit anything (to be published or for a contest), read and re-read first! Ask a friend to read, specifically for errors.

*Bullet* Re-write. Be prepared to re-write. When I was young, I never re-wrote anything. I felt it was perfect the first time. *Laugh* I feel much differently now. Every writer is a little different, but my stories & characters have a tendency to run away with themselves, sometimes far away from the plot I had planned! Sometimes that works, but sometimes it doesn't. Again, getting a second opinion can be pretty helpful.

*Bullet* Read. I think one big advantage you can create for yourself is to have a good perspective as a reader. Think critically about the things you read. What works and what doesn't for you as a reader. It can help to put yourself in the mind-frame of someone reading your work for the first time. (Reviewing on Writing.Com can be really helpful to develop this skill! When you review, don't just tell your opinion, but try to explain it. If something isn't working for you, think about why.)

I really feel that many rewarding things in life are worth the effort you put into them.

purple flower sig

Editor's Picks

Official Writing.Com Contests & Activities:

Good Deeds Get CASH!  [E]
Write reviews to win cash prizes!
by Writing.Com Support

Journey Through Genres: Official Contest  [E]
Write a short story in the given genre to win big prizes!
by Writing.Com Support


Pond Poetry - ON HIATUS!  [ASR]
A monthly poetry contest sponsored by The Talent Pond. Come on by!
by Krysha is workin' @ newspaper!

 Invalid Item  []

by A Guest Visitor

Elizabeth's Poetry & Short Story Contest  [13+]
Open for November POETRY submissions.
by ElizabethHayes-TurkeyMistress

The Grim Reaper Contest - Closed!   [13+]
This is a Horror Flash Fiction Contest. See you on October 2022!
by Fictiøn Ðiva the Wørd Weava

 Invalid Item  []

by A Guest Visitor

The Flash Blog Contest - Closed  [18+]
A contest combining flash fiction and blogging.
by Dee

Writing 101  [E]
A writing class teaching grammar, spelling, etc.
by Haunting Chris Breva

Imagination Alphabet  [E]
Add the next funny or interesting word. Use your creative imagination!
by Maryann

 Spouse's Birthday!  [13+]
What happens when your better half crosses another milestone?
by Thankful Sonali Doing 30 DBC!

Some contest resources:
How to Create a Contest  [ASR]
Things you need to know before you open a contest. Includes a contest template.
by My Mothers Angel in my Ear

"Create/Edit a Message Forum
Newbie Hyperlinking 101 - Bitem Format  [E]
Learn the ins and outs of creating a link using the bitem format.
by NickiD89

Know of some gems that deserve exposure? Submit them in the feedback form or submission form at the end of this Newsletter, and I'll put them in my next one!

Submit an item for consideration in this newsletter!

Word from Writing.Com

Have an opinion on what you've read here today? Then send the Editor feedback! Find an item that you think would be perfect for showcasing here? Submit it for consideration in the newsletter!

Don't forget to support our sponsor!

Ask & Answer

My last newsletter, ("Contests & Activities Newsletter (March 15, 2017)), discussed Reviewing Contest Entries.

Thanks for featuring my item! *Delight* ~ Dragyn

You're very welcome! *Smile*

How do you polish your contest entry before submitting?

*Bullet* *Bullet* *Bullet* Don't Be Shy! Write Into This Newsletter! *Bullet* *Bullet* *Bullet*

This form allows you to submit an item on Writing.Com and feedback, comments or questions to the Writing.Com Newsletter Editors. In some cases, due to the volume of submissions we receive, please understand that all feedback and submissions may not be responded to or listed in a newsletter. Thank you, in advance, for any feedback you can provide!
Writing.Com Item ID To Highlight (Optional):

Send a comment or question to the editor!
Limited to 2,500 characters.
Word from our sponsor
Product Type: Toy
Amazon's Price: $ 12.99

Removal Instructions

To stop receiving this newsletter, click here for your newsletter subscription list. Simply uncheck the box next to any newsletter(s) you wish to cancel and then click to "Submit Changes". You can edit your subscriptions at any time.

Printed from https://www.writing.com/main/newsletters/action/archives/id/8234