Not all competition happens in the gym.
I’ve been struggling with a picture book for over a month now. It’s driving me crazy. I need to rework my pitch so it doesn’t get an automatic no. I need to revise, revise, and revise some more. I need to brainstorm like it’s the end of the world to make this one shine.
Why go through all the trouble?
I’m competitive. Quite a few someones said it couldn’t be done… or shouldn’t be done… or some sorta thing like that.
So here I am trying to get it right.
The only one other story I’ve written that has been through this many edits is the picture book my agent is actively sending out. That’s my proof that edits make things good. If I play all the angles, try all the tips, and rework it to get my vision into words it has a greater chance of being good.
So I’ll keep writing and going for it. I want it to be good and if a competitive heart pushes me to do the extra work than so be it.
What story are you writing that brings out your competitive spirit? It might not be getting the story right. It could be a friendly competition of words written or chapters finished with your writing pal. Let your competitiveness fuel your writing in your own unique way.