It’s the last week of the month so that means it’s time for a little Shameless Self-Promotion. This will be short and sweet. Well. Mostly.
This week we’ll be looking at:
My story ‘Red Sands’ published on thewritersarena.com. Read the story here.
The Writer’s Arena is a genius idea. Basically the site gives two writers ten days to write a story based on a very specific prompt. Once the stories have been turned in they’re put on the site and they’re voted on by both a team of judges and by the readers of the site. I’ve participated in this literary grudge match twice and both times I’ve LOVED it. My story ‘Red Sands’ was from my first visit. My prompt was ‘Sand’ for this go around.
One problem I have as a writer is focus. This was a fantastic challenge in a lot of ways. The 10 day timeframe forced me to narrow my focus. The prompt kept me reeled in. And the voting made me work extra hard to make the story just right.
This go around in The Writer’s Arena made me realize something. Being challenged is a good thing. Creative muscles are just that. If you don’t flex them they can get weak.