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Ok.. so I am the total opposite of the scale. I already KNOW I am not good enough, and that I NEED work on my writing, that's why I am here, Right..?
Oh, there have been plenty of times I "thought" I had a good one, and didn't place worth beans, and get this, the one I thought of as worthless ( written as a joke mainly), won 3rd place. Go figure.
The one thing I do know, and that from encouragement of others here, I have improved since I first got here. And that's what I wanted. I will never see my own work as anything but second rate, but it is getting better. Well I hope it is.... maybe they were lying to make me feel better.
This is exactly how I see it, too. In my writing. In my prayer life when my prayers aren't answered. I fall into the ditch a lot, but I know God doesn't want me to stay there long.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Started my very long journey May 29th 2012 toward continued education.
Destination: Doctor of Psychology.
Thanks, Jan! So very much appreciate that you supplied the link! I've printed them off and will take a look-see!
Win or lose, I love being part of this group!
FW 500 Member
Psalm 57:1 ". . . in the shelter of they wings I will make my refuge . . . "
Yes, I really struggled with disappointment, especially when I like what I've written (and it's vulnerable/personal) or if others have expressed their approval of it. I find it a double blow that the results come twice, first the top 5 end EC's and then top 15 and top 40 overall. I get through the first disappointment by thinking "oh, well, maybe I'll make top 40," then I feel even worse when I don't.
But a couple of things on this that I'm starting to learn slowly:
1. Initially I was very focused on where I placed. Now that I've gotten to know more people on the site, I really enjoy seeing them place well too. Also I used to read the other articles just to see how they compared to mine , but now I'm reading them to ENJOY them and LEARN something from them.
2. Something that really helped me for one article that I was very disappointed not to place in, was getting a feedback rating service from Deb. What I saw there was that my article was very well liked by the judges (I even got several "excellent" ratings from one of them). If it had been an exam I would have had over 80%, yet it only ranked 65th overall. Well that helped me to see that just because I didn't place, doesn't mean my writing was poor or that they didn't appreciate it.
3. For myself I feel that some of these negative emotions reflect pride, and God is very much dealing with that in my life. This "pain" has been a wonderful tool in His hands, and I am grateful for it.
Give me the love that leads the way,
The faith that nothing can dismay,
The hope no disappointments tire,
The passion that will burn like fire.
Let me not sink to be a clod,
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.
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