Do you wonder how to win a writing challenge and be published?
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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.
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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14 Replies to “How to Win a Writing Challenge”
Congratulations Hadassah and thank you for sharing this wonderful writing info.
Thanks. Deborah! I am glad you found it helpful! Blessings to you!
Congratulations Hadassah! This is such valuable advice and wisdom, I will remember this! Much love to you, sweet sister …
Thanks so much, Donna! I am happy you found it helpful! Blessings and love to you too!
Congratulations, Hadassah! Rejoicing with you! Woohoo!
Thanks, Lisa! I am happy about it too!
Congrats on getting your devotion selected for publication. And thank you for this encouraging post. Very helpful!
Thanks, Joanna! I am glad you found it encouraging and helpful. Blessings!
Congratulations on getting published! Thank you for the helpful tips about how to win a writing challenge. You are always very encouraging to others.
Thanks a lot, Lisa! I wanted to share some tips and hopefully help other writers to get published too.
Congratulations! That’s very exciting to be selected. Wonderful and helpful tips to encourage and help other writers. Great post!
Thanks so much, Debbie! I am glad that you found the post encouraging and helpful. Blessings to you!
Congratulation, Hadassah!!! You’ve left some excellent tips here and I’m just so proud of you!! Blessings tonight!
Thanks so much! I am happy you found the article helpful. Blessings to you too!