After winning the Summer Reading competition at www.redroom.com I have been thinking about how the win has changed me. I have been stopped several times in the street but mostly to be asked directions or the time, I have had cars stop and greet me, but mostly just to tell me to get off my cellphone and keep my eyes open, and people have emailed me with spam and stuff.
So winning has not made me famous.
When I was kid the teacher one year started a writing contest. The prize was 5 pence, a lot of money for a nine year old. She would choose a subject each week and we had to write a short story and then we had the opportunity to read it in front of the entire class and the best one won. I won so many times the teacher eventually allowed me to choose the subject so that I could present ideas I was working on.
So how did winning help that nine year old?
Well winnign gives you confidence that whatever the agents and editors and "friends" say, you can believe in youself and, yes, you may actually have some talent. When you are down after yet another slush pile rejection you can pull out your award or your old 5 pence piece and polish it a bit and feel somewhat good thta you can write something worthwhile that someone somewhere appreciates.
So thank you redroom for the boost and I hope that it urges me to write more and to make it.