Woo Hoo! The votes have been tallied and Elizabeth has announced the winner of September’s mini-writing competition. Yes, the title says it all – I am the winner, or should I say my flash fiction story ‘Free’ is the winner! Woo-Hoo-Hoo-Hoo-Hoo!!! (sorry, I sounded like an owl there for a minute!)
I am so excited and delighted to bring you all this happy news. I was quite nervous about entering the competition considering the high standard of all the other entries (I particularly liked ‘Zephyr’) and, as you well know, I was even more nervous about asking for help from you all. Now, I’m so glad that I did both!
This has taught me two very important things about being a writer:
- We must always answer the call to write, no matter what; and
- We must never be afraid of asking for the support, encouragement and feedback of our dear readers (all of you, in my case!)
As I said to Elizabeth in thanking her so much for this wonderful opportunity, this has given me more confidence in my writing and in my self-belief that I can just go for it and have a bash at flash fiction (which I am enjoying more and more). I can only write what I feel and what is in my heart.
The greatest joy for me is knowing that those of you who read ‘Free’ felt ‘something’ when you read it. That is what moves and thills me, this is what gives back to me that incredible sense of having written something meaningful, albeit it in less than 500 words!
All that remains now is for me to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to all of you who took the time to read ‘Free’ and vote for me. Not only that, but for all your amazing words of encouragement and support and for all the kindness shown me. I have been truly overwhelmed by the response received from you all and, (sorry, I know I’m a bit gushing at times, it’s just the way I am!) but please know that you really all do mean so much to me. This wouldn’t have been possible without you.
Now I just have to come up with a prompt for October’s competition 🙂
“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”
—Jack Kerouac, WD