These past few weeks have been exciting for me to say the least. After placing 5th in a short story contest on Eat Sleep Write–the first story contest I’ve ever placed in–I found myself taking my writing much more seriously. Suddenly, I realize I’m not an absolute failure and I might actually be good at writing.
A few days ago Chuck Wendig (whose blog is my favorite blog to follow) posted a challenge in which we were to create a character in 250 words. It didn’t matter how we did it…what method we approached it with. We just needed to be capable of pulling it off. And so I did.
Now, I have my own way of going about creating characters and building worlds. I hate outlines like nobody’s business. Instead, I write passages that give enough detail to show who a character is and what the world I’ve put them in is like. I may or may not use those passages in the actual story-line, but they are there to give myself insight into the character and world.
All of that being said, I was approached a couple of days ago after sharing my 250 word passage by a friend who works with Eat Sleep Write. I am now writing a weekly column for their blog on character creation the like. To say I am flattered is a bit of an understatement. How awesome is that? Someone thought my methods were good enough to share with others on a site that gets quite a good bit of traffic (. Not only does it offer exposure, but it gives me the confidence boost I need to keep going!
Suddenly, I find myself working harder toward my goals, reaching farther, digging deeper, and taking myself more seriously. My foot is in the door, people!