Be a Contender!

“I coulda been somebody. I coulda been a contender.” Spoken by Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) On the Waterfront.

“Let’s get drunk and be somebody.” Sang by Toby Keith.

“I wish I would have…” words spoken by damn near everyone at some time in their life.

In my humble opinion, there is nothing scarier than the prospect of lying in a hospital bed someday with tubes stuck in every orifice, knowing I’m about to take my last breath, and wondering “What if…”

God save me from that fate!

I always wanted to play the guitar. So you know what? I’m taking lessons. I thought Karate looked like fun. I took some classes, got my Orange belt and decided it really wasn’t for me. But along the way to my Orange belt, I broke a board and fire walked. That’s right I walked barefooted over a 12 foot bed of hot coals.

And you know what? I didn’t die. I didn’t even get burned. You see the trick to doing something scary like a fire walk is keeping your mind focused on where you want to go. It’s recognizing that YOU are the master of your life. YOU are in control of what you think and what YOU do.

Some of the bravest people I know are the writers I’ve met through RWI. These ladies pour their souls into their work, and then have the huevos to put their manuscripts in front of an editor, agent, or critic knowing all along that editor, agent, or critic may rip it to shreds. And in doing so, shred their heart. Still, the prospect of rejection doesn’t stop them.

And do you know why? Because they have dreams, published or unpublished, they have goals that drive them to success. To do more than just say “I wonder…” “What if…” “I wish…”


So let’s start writing and be SOMEBODY!  Can you be a Contender?

P.S. I know how truly terrifying it can be to send out queries and partials only to get rejected. The worst part is never knowing why you were rejected. But there is a way to put your work out there and have it critiqued by people who genuinely want the same thing you do…to see you get published.

Enter the WHERE THE MAGIC BEGINS Contest for Unpublished Authors. The whole purpose of this contest is to provide feedback and encouragement to aspiring authors. What have you got to lose?

If you are serious about writing AND selling, then give this contest a try. I know I am.

For Rules, FAQ’s and more details, go to: WWW.RWI-RWA.COM, click on Contest tab.


6 thoughts on “Be a Contender!

  1. Lynn,

    Gosh, you make me want to send out a query… you’re right, we all have to reach for our goals and our dreams. Good post!! spw

  2. Wow! What a pep talk! You inspire me to be a Contender and therefore I will be entering the WTMB contest. It might be at the last minute (thank goodness it’s all electronic!), but I’ll have my story in there.

    Thank you, Lynn.

    P.S. Have you ever considered being an inpirational speaker? You’d be great.

  3. Thanks Meg, Sandee and Linda. I guess I needed a pep talk too. I got another rejection today. I just keep telling myself someday these editors will look back, when I’m rich and famous 🙂 and say “Hey, why didn’t we sign her?”

    They coulda been contenders . LOL

  4. Great post, Lynn. This is one more of the many wonderful things about RWI: when you need a little encouragement or a shove in the right direction, someone in the group will provide it. So thanks!

  5. Someone once said “It’s not the goals not meet that hurt. It’s the dreams never attempted.”
    One thing about not trying is when whether you do or not is strictly in your hands. I always wanted to be an astronaut, but that was not within my control. I have motion sickness bad. Submitting IS within my control; I just have to do it.

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