I am preparing an application for the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award for the 2017 retreat, and as I’m doing this, I am reviewing one of the stories I have submitted to competitions in the past. Part of the application requires writing samples. I love this story, and I am embarrassed with how many mistakes and poor grammar choices I found in it.
Here I thought it was this super well written story, and upon another read, I learn that it was mediocrely structured. I can’t believe I had something like twenty semicolons in it. Wow. Now there are zero.
No wonder I didn’t win anything. [Insert laugh at self.]
I wonder how often this happens to other writers. I think it’s probably pretty common. I’m really glad that I’ve jumped into this piece again because now I really believe it is a strong example of my craft.