How I’ve failed as a writer

How I’ve failed as a writer

I make no question of the fact I suffer from problems with my mental health; heck, I would even say a facet to my blog is my mental health struggles. But one thing I do struggle with more than many would know is failure. Recently I put my heart on the line and entered some competitions that 12 months ago I would never have been brave enough to. I didn’t win either, but now I’m in a place where that didn’t damage me. 

I would like to think my blog is a lighthearted place, with its fair share of health related info, normal family life and some reviews thrown in to keep it running (the pennies I earn from my reviews help to keep me on the interwebs). But ever so often I wonder which road to go down going forward. My absolute dream would be to be a pro blogger, as would every other blogger I know on the scene, however, I know this is not viable so I looked into different avenues, and one was writing fiction.

Failure 1

My first failure recently was in a writing competition. I have a little secret and would, in fact, LOVE to write for Mills & Boon. So much so, that I entered their most recent competition with the start of a manuscript I have been working on for months. Unfortunately, it didn’t cut the mustard and they haven’t taken in further, but rather than throw it in the delete pile on my PC, I am going back and re-working it to make it better the next time around. We all know that JK Rowling was rejected multiple times before Harry Potter was published (although I’m sure my little romance book is hardly bestseller material).

Failure 2

Channel Mum Vlog Stars competition. Now I guess there is no surprise in the fact I didn’t win this competition. But I entered nonetheless. I know a lot of the bloggers/vloggers were very disappointed they didn’t win, and I did share that pang of rejection for a few minutes, but you know what? It really didn’t matter. We would all like the money a contract would bring, but I can make that by doing a shift at work, rather than being tied to one YouTube channel for 12 months.

Where do I go from here?

This is something I need your help with. And I really mean it. I want to know what your favourite bits about my blog are. Do you like the funnier posts like The fresh hell that is swimming or Twirlywoos crime aficionados? Or do you prefer the more serious posts like my take on 13 Reasons Why and coping with postnatal depression/anxiety?

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  1. May 11, 2017 / 11:36 am

    Oh I love you our blog! I love that it’s a mixture and it’s honest and vibrant. I trust what you say and that counts for a lot. And HATS off to you for the Mills and Boon competition! Just the fact you entered is amazing. Keep going – I definitely think you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

    • May 11, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      That’s so kind, thank you Holly, I love your blog too. Hope all is well your end.
      Clare x

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