Fellow novel writers, do you enter short story competitions? Or do you stick to one form?
I flutter between the two, mostly because I enjoy both. However, I often find that as I’m working towards a deadline for a short story competition, I neglect my novels for longer than I should. And now when I might throw in Screenwriting in to the mix as well, I’m wondering if I should stick to one for a longer period of time and see how it pans out.
Any writing is practice and down the line it will make me a better writer. However, I am worried that by moving from one to next, without excelling at one will leave me with a bunch of unpublishable writing.
In the beginning of the year, I set a goal to enter at least three short story competitions every four months and to come up with a new story for each, or a new perspective of an old story. At the same time I feel I am getting nowhere really with my novels. I’m editing two, one in Swedish and one in English, while I’m planning a new novel, which I might be writing during NaNoWriMo this year, unless I get to anxious and start it before.
Perhaps I’m simply over-reaching my capacity and writing-time and need to cut down on both, to feel more efficient during the time I have. Except that I hate readjusting my goals, as it would be like giving up on them. So my lasting question is what form do you write? And why?