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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Maass Intensive, Switching Formats, Marketing and Contests

These seems like a lot of subjects. It isn't. It's the same subject. And it goes like this:

Donald Maass' High Tension Workshop was for novel writing. That doesn't matter. Why? Because it translates to all kinds of writing.

It's useful to switch formats. Trying something new and different can increase your ability in your regular writing. It's a challenge. It's also a way to re-energize your regular writing.

Writing for good contests (real prizes/awards, no entry or low entry fee, with a reputable publisher/group) can be another way to challenge and stimulate your writing.

If you pick a good contest to submit to and win a prize, this can help the marketing of your other work. And sometimes your other endeavors.

Which all brings me to a touch of BSP: I entered Tokyopop's "The Dreaming Writing Competition" and won First Prize! This is useful for a couple of reasons. First, my new w.i.p. is for YA Fantasy and writing a Manga style short story is related. Second, I'm teaching a class at the True North Creative Learning Center in August about--you guessed it--writing manga. Again for the YA market. Plus, I get cool artwork!

So readers, what do you think? About switching formats? About contests, pro or con?

8 comments:

Beth said...

Congrats on your first prize, Conda! That's great. Wish your classes were a wee bit closer to CDA...enjoy!

Conda V. Douglas said...

Thanks, Beth! Yeah, it'd be a bit of a commute...

Kathy McIntosh said...

Whoop, whoop! You were ALREADY a winner in my book.
Re switching formats...I have mixed feelings. I'm so afraid of losing the momentum on my novel that even posting to my blog sometimes seems a misdirection. But refreshing, I'll admit.

The Muse said...

Awesome on your contest win. Congratulations!

I like to change up my formats. It keeps me fresh and makes me want to learn more.

I've only entered a few contests over the years, not just writing but music too. I even entered a country and western dance competition once a long time ago. I think contests are good for stimulation. Win or lose, trying is all that matters.

Have a good one!

Conda V. Douglas said...

Thanks Kathy for those kind and encouraging words! Yes, switching formats can be too distracting, only good for a touch of refreshment on a hot summer day (which we are having!)

Conda V. Douglas said...

Wow, Muse, music contests? As someone with no musical ability, I'd never dare! Or maybe I would...

Swubird said...

Conda:

I have never entered a writing contest. Probably for lack of confidence. But I think it is an excellent idea. Like you say, it's all writing, and maybe something good will come out of it.

Happy trails.

Conda V. Douglas said...

Yeah, Swu, you've got some great stories to submit!