Over the past fortnight I have entered seven competitions of various disciplines.
There’s a novel submitted to a book competition; a 3,000-word snapshot, plus synopsis, of a forthcoming novel to the CWA Dagger Award; four short stories to various comps as advertised in Writing Magazine; and a poem to the Bristol Poetry Award.
Having cleared my system of all things competitive, I shall concentrate on my next novel. For me, the best part of a writing project is the beginning. Some of us have no idea where a story will take us—it just happens. Others, of course, have the best laid plans!
There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way. As many have said: Just write and see what happens!