I'm a person who likes to dream. I usually dream of owning a small bar with my sister and living in Northern Michigan in a log cabin, possibly on a cherry farm. But, as a writer, when it comes to entering writing contests, I freeze up and talk myself out of it. I convince myself that it would be a waste of $20 to enter the contest because I clearly won't win. This type of thinking has never helped me in the past and I always tell my students NOT to think this way. So, when I recently read an article about a woman who is giving her Maine inn away for $125 and a winning essay, I froze with excitement and negative talk.
However, at this point, I'm tired of the defeatist talk. I may not have a good chance of winning the contest/inn, but shouldn't I try? Because, how amazing would it be if I actually won?!?!?!
So, this weekend I will begin working on the "inn essay" and I will let myself really dream. If you'd like to donate a few bucks towards the entry fee, leave a note below and I'll write you a personalized poem in gratitude. And, if I win, those who donate get yearly free stays at the inn. Let's dream!