But answer the question, do you feel lucky?
Last week I heard that I'd won a short story competition. My prize is a hamper worth £100, stuffed full of lovely goodies. At the time of typing I haven't received it, so I can't tease your taste buds.
I mentioned my success to a friend, who said (after congratulating me) that she never won anything. But what had she entered, I hear you shout. The answer was zilch.
Since the spring I've focused on writing for pleasure - to balance out the writing for work stuff.
That means entering competitions, something to focus my mind.
Here's some of them...
- Poetry comp that would fit into a Tweet
- Short story with a 'local' theme
- Short piece about examinations
- Letter to a magazine
- Letter to another magazine
- Fictional piece about travel
- Poem about heroes
- Short story
I don't want to blow my own trumpet, not really, I just want to illustrate a fundamental fact - you have to be in it to win it. If you don't try, you won't succeed. If you want to be lucky, you have to give luck a nudge.
Last weekend I bought some raffle tickets. The prize was £100 to spend in a local supermarket. I didn't win. But I still felt lucky!