Posted by Violet VanDoren
I really have to admire authors who can pump out story after story. I know it takes A LOT of practice, but I just have to drop my jaw in awe and say “wow.”
I put my name in to participate in a horror flash fiction “contest,” and I gotta say I’m a little overwhelmed. We were given 3 days to finish it, but I begged and pleaded to make it a week instead.
I know what you’re thinking. You could write at least 3 stories in that amount of time, right? In my lowly defense, I’m a stay-at-home full time mom, a stay-at-home full time employee, a stay-at-home college student taking distance education courses, and between all that I have to cook, clean, and write. I might be able to read a story here and there. As I take a deep breath and calm my anxieties of realizing how much of a life I really don’t have, I’m determined to remember that I don’t have to be like everyone else. I think that’s a serious road block in my writing: The feeling of having to be like the author who just dropped a 1,000 word story in less than an hour or the novelist who has the New York Times Bestseller every 3 months. That’s just not me.
So, for you all-or-nothing writers, I once again tip my hat. For all you depressed writers out there who don’t feel like you can compete, I feel you. Besides, writing isn’t supposed to be a competition, right? Unless you make it one.