I have found it fun, and good practice, to enter writing contests–big and small. Writing from a writing prompt or a theme is a good discipline and it gives me a reason to write some of my most creative work. Most contests have a requirement of original (not previously published) work. Some include personal blogs, others do not, and still others do not specify. I will start posting some of my short stories and poetry as soon as I am sure there will be no conflict. However, I have one that I will post this week that I did not write for any reason other than the fun of writing. Look for A Solitary Place coming soon.
I originally started on this adventure thinking I would focus in on the travel writing niche. I thought if I could write from anywhere in the world and get paid to travel, it would be the best job ever! As I began this journey, however, I realized I needed to have a broader range of expertise until I make it big as a mystery novelist.
I do enjoy traveling, and journaling about our adventures. After I finished working on my doctorate, we took a road trip west on I-40. We stopped at National Parks, interesting sights, and classic locations on Route 66. It was a wonderful trip. Maybe I’ll write about it someday. For now, I’m working on a mystery book. It should be finished this summer. Just in time for another road trip.