Since getting back my critiques from a contest I entered I have been depressed. I didn’t think I scored well. I’ve been telling myself that a 78 out of a possible 100 could have been worse but I had no real perspective…until now!
Today while digesting my own scores and deciding which suggested changes I was going to implement I received some inspiring news. A fellow writer and mentor is a finalist in the same contest! Her entry was in a different category than my own but her overall score was only 11 points higher.
I’ve chosen to look at this as good news. While that means I need to improve by a point in at least 11 areas…it means I only need to improve a point in 11 areas. And for me personally it means I need to revise/rehash/rethink/redo my summary because that was where I took a beating.
As an aspiring writer I need constant inspiration and motivation to keep going and today I was inspired. I hope she wins and has her novel published. I will be the first in line to buy her book!
Fellow authors, don’t give up! Find inspiration. We all need it. Keep on keeping on. The rewards will come….someday.