I’m happy to announce Positive Writer’s 4th Writing Contest. This contest is all about you.
I usually celebrate a new book’s release with a writing contest, but this time I’m crazy behind.
Inspired Writer was published last summer and the launch was phenomenal. I’d like to say I expected the great interest, but the truth is I was caught by surprise and playing catch up caused a major delay in getting this contest posted.
Intention: Go After It!
The intention behind Inspired Writer was (and is) to teach writers and artists how and where to find inspiration. Truth is, most people say that they need to get to writing and stop waiting around for inspiration. Well, isn’t that the problem? You can’t merely wait for inspiration, you have to go after it.
You just need to know how and where to find it.
Our writing needs inspiration, otherwise, our words are bland and lifeless without it. Inherently we know this, but often we forge on without it because it’s so damn difficult to catch lightning in a bottle. Or, so it seems.
Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it.
― Jack London
How to Be Inspired
One way to be inspired is through other peoples’ inspiring stories. When someone shares an inspiring story with us, we tend to become inspired by it and find ourselves compelled to create something of our own. The more inspiring the story, the more inspired we become.
It’s human nature. This is one of the reasons why we love inspirational music, books, and movies, and many other art forms.
Another way to be inspired is too often the most overlooked, and yet each of us has the power to use it every… single… day:
Inspire Someone Else
It’s no wonder that teachers, coaches, instructors, and yes, writers and artists, are often some of the most inspired people you’ll ever meet.
Why? Because they inspire others. There are few ways that are more fulfilling than inspiring others. It’s one of the fastest ways to become inspired.
And here’s the thing, most of us do it without realizing it.
If you write a story about an experience of yours and you’re genuine about it, in other words, you share the ugly parts of yourself, sharing the struggles and the pain of your experience, whether there is a happy ending or a not-so-happy ending, you WILL inspire someone. I promise you. And, even if it wasn’t your goal, you will, in turn, be inspired.
It’s self-fulfilling in the best way because you’re inspiring someone else and quite possibly many others. And you don’t have to just do it accidently or by happenstance. You can write inspiring work right now!
You have a story to share. You do. I promise.
We need your story.
That, my fellow scribblers, is what this contest is all about.