Major personal goal


I have been writing, agonizing, over turning a WIP into a short story. If you read my guest blog on Hoosier Ink then you might remember I was toying with the idea of entering a writing contest with it. Today is the day. Nothing like a deadline!  I submitted my fee, entry form and story to Writer’s Digest for their short story contest. The reason it matters so much to me, is that the characters have been begging to have me finish.  Short story was the perfect way to let this go. Maybe I will revisit it someday, for now I am more than content to have gained the courage to just submit it.

I literally feel sick. there are many perfect comparisons written by authors that feel the painful wrenching that comes as your work is given into others hands. Will they hate it? Will they have empathy for Frank? Will my message come through clear or muddled?  Regardless of the outcome, it’s sent. I can breathe deeply and let these characters go. It is time for us to say goodbye, no matter how painful it feels.  I pray I did them justice, and I am thankful for the courage to move forward on this writing journey. Baring your soul isn’t easy to do, especially in print, for posterity. If just one person can relate and feel a connection, then every word was worth it.


About christasterken

Committed to a life of purpose. Learning to live abundantly. Embracing creativity. Questioning. Delighting in the comforts of home and family. Determining not to settle only for how things are, but how they could be. Writing is part of who I am, so I trust In God who gave the gift to show me how I can serve Him through it. That is my life…one word at a time. Psalm 89:11a“Teach me your way , O Lord, and I will walk in your truth”

4 responses »

  1. Kind of like giving birth, isn’t it? Pregnancy, Labor, Delivery….
    Congratulations for turning your characters loose to the world. I’m proud of you…

  2. Congrats!!! I am so proud of you, and can’t wait to meet them (no matter what their tragedy). Now, on to the next pregnancy. J/K Love you!

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