How to Win a Writing Challenge

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How to Win a Writing Challenge

How to Win a Writing Challenge

COMPEL offers many wonderful writing opportunities to its members that I have had the opportunity of being a part of. I love the mixture of excitement, joy, nervousness, and motivation when they announce a challenge. And every time, I ask myself the question: “How can I write a winning devotion?” We participate in writing challenges, whether with COMPEL or other opportunities, because we hope to win and be published, don’t we? 

So I was exhilarated when I got the email that my devotion had been selected for the COMPEL Freedom from Worry Devotion Challenge. After the feelings settled, I read my devotion again, thinking about my process and trying to figure out why they had selected my devotion this time. I want to share with you several lessons I learned from winning this challenge. 

#1 Following the Guidelines Carefully

The first thing I did was to make myself acquainted with the guidelines and carefully choose the topic and the focus verse. I thought about several potential topics, so I prayed about them before choosing to write the devotion titled “Dwelling in Safety,” addressing the fear of the future. It is best to choose a topic you are familiar with, something you have experienced as a problem or struggle but have also received God’s answer and provision in this area. 

Read the rest of the post to find out the next lessons I learned from winning a challenge at COMPEL Training Blog and be strengthened and encouraged.

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Where You Can Find My Winning Devotion

You can find my winning devotion in Proverbs 31 Ministries’ newest devotional “Clear Mind, Peaceful Heart: Prayers and Devotions for Sleeping Well in a World Full of Worry.” For a limited time, you can get a copy FREE with a donation of your choice to Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Clear Mind, Peaceful Heart
Dwelling in Safety

More Encouragement for Bloggers, Writers, and Creatives

If you need inspiration and encouragement as a writer and creative, I can recommend these selected books on the writing life and creativity. Check them out.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

The Practice: Shipping Creative Work by Seth Godin

Do Your Art: A Manifesto on Rejecting Apathy to Bring Your Best to the World by Chad R. Allen  

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age by Jeff Goins

The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice by Todd Henry

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer

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