It's rare that I allow myself to write for the sheer fun of it anymore.
Don't get me wrong. I truly love putting together nonfiction pieces, and I adore interviewing and researching; however, my volume of work has gone up considerably in the past few years, so I simply don't make much time to devote to recreational writing.
HOWEVER, that all changed this week when I submitted an entry to the "Halo" short story contest at Jason Evans' site, Clarity of Night.
It was so satisfying to tackle a project that required me to use creative skills that have lain dormant for quite a while. And while my 250-word piece is hardly worthy of a multi-million dollar contract (or even a publisher's nod), I'm pretty pleased with the final draft. (It's Entry #7, in case you want to check it out.)
If you have the chance, drop by Jason's blog and read the entries (all based on a picture that Jason displayed.) Oh, and if you're inspired, send him a story of your own!
The contest ends August 1st, 11:00 p.m. EST. You can even win a cool prize!
All-in-all, this has made me remember just how much fun fiction can be.
Maybe I'll have to work on this kind of writing more often in the future...