What do you write and why?

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?

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One Response to What do you write and why?

  1. I intended to enter more short story competitions during the past 12 months, but then my novel writing sort of took hold, and now I am definitely more interested in finishing my novel projects rather than short stories. That said, a few years ago I went through a phase of short story writing, so I suppose it ebbs and flows. Like you say, as long as you are writing something on a regular basis, everything is working out well. Oh, and I am currently half-way through Camp NaNoWriMo and enjoying it immensely! 🙂

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