At least for me it is.
This was my second year submitting my writing to Write Club. Last year, I was convinced by a blogging friend of mine to enter. He said he’d do A to Z if I did Write Club, so I obliged.
And it was fun!! You write a 500 word submission and hope to get into the voting stage. You can’t tell anyone if you are chosen, but since the initial voting is over now, I think it’s fine to write about it.
Last year, I was a little upset that I didn’t get into the voting stage. But I read and voted every single day for those who were chosen. Each time you vote, you are entered into a contest for a gift card so why not vote? It takes about 5-minutes to read and vote so it was a good use of the time that I set aside every day to devote to writing.
Last year, there were so many amazing pieces! I had a hard time choosing which one I liked the most out of the two on many different occasions. They were so well done. A few of them I didn’t think were good enough to be in the voting though. I wished that my piece had taken the place of those small few. So I was a little upset that I didn’t get chosen, but not really all that much because out of of 150 people only 30 get chosen for the voting. And it was my first year doing it so it was a learning curve.
This year, I had a full completed short story that I used the opening 500 words for my submission. It is one of the pieces of writing that I am very proud of as a writer. I hardly ever write stories and to do this one from start to finish (about 8,000 words) and that was intended for someone over the age of 13 was a true feat for me. I was so impressed. It had been edited a few times and I was so proud of it.
So I submitted it. And again, I didn’t get selected. And again, I was upset. Except this year, I’m very upset.
Just like last year, I set about to vote on those who were chosen. You never know if you are chosen or not until your name appears on the day so I wanted to take part as much as possible. I voted for the first 4 or 5 days but then I stopped. Why? Because all the pieces I was reading SUCKED. Like MASSIVELY SUCKED, that’s why. And all of them were from a sci-fi or horror or mystery genre. So I just stopped reading and voting. It was a waste of my time.
After the initial rounds of voting were done, I got an email saying “by now you know you haven’t been chosen for the voting rounds” and then it offered a chance for you to get feedback from other authors about how to make your writing better but you had to have read and voted on so many pieces and I don’t think I met that mark. And by that time I didn’t really care. I truly truly believe my piece was better than every other piece that I read before giving up and it sucks that it wasn’t chosen.
Sure I want to know why it wasn’t chosen, but I also know I’m not going to be doing the contest again next year so what’s the point? I know writing is subjective and that not everyone is going to like my pieces (Harry Potter was rejected by something like 27 different publishers) but GAH it’s so frustrating! I feel like the only way to get into the voting rounds is to have a sci-fi or horror piece and have someone be killed or abused. It sucks.
Did you participate in Write Club this year? If so, how did you find it? If not, have you ever felt this way about your own writing?