Taking part really does count

A couple of months ago I entered the first chapter of my nearly finished novel into the Writers & Artists Working-Class Writers’ Prize and don’t ya know I am one of the shortlisted five!

I don’t enter any competition with the desire of winning, I do it for the practice of meeting a deadline, staying connected to my work, the discipline of adhering to the submission requirements and to know that someone, somewhere is reading my work. To be shortlisted for anything is a bonus, one that I thoroughly enjoy of course, but its definitely a bonus. So anyways, my work was shorted listed and that has made me happy.

There are so many ways to stay connected to your work, I’m excited to learn new ways, what do you do to keep rooted in your development as a writer?

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