Sunday, November 4, 2012


We all need a little encouragement now and then.
Writing can sometimes be lonely.
We write and write and then sometimes we think about quitting.
You think and think and then you always write again.
It is in your blood.

I entered a local contest put on by our library.
The instructions said to enter your best Appalachian story,  memoir or poem.
They called me this week and said I was one of the winners.
The reception was Saturday and I found out I got first place in the adult division.

What did I get?
Along with a prize package consisting of three books and a gift card, I got the most important thing of all . . . I got encouragement.

The judge wrote at the end of my entry . . .

Lovely story, beautifully told. Keep writing!

I think I will keep writing. How about you?

Posted by Janet F. Smart on Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch.


  1. Congratulations! That's exciting.

    I'll keep writing too. It's the only way my stories will get told and my writing will improve.

  2. Wonderful news!
    I know how hard you've worked. Keep going :)

  3. Congratulations Janet.. Every bit of encouragement is worth a mountain of gold.. Thank you for the sweet words on mine.. I took the words and made them lyrical.. The others she wrote and plenty more.. Thank you so much.

  4. Congratulations, Janet! The encouragement was a precious prize indeed! I'm glad you'll continue to write; I need to finish my story!

  5. How exciting! Congratulations! You are right, encouragement is always nice. Glad you will keep writing; I will keep writing too. :)

  6. Janet, a huge congrats! You are right, sometimes the best prize is feeling like we're on the right path, and meant to be doing this!

    Enjoy the victory!



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