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Wednesday, 23 February 2011


It is award season again (Grannys. Golden Globes, Emmys, Oscars...) and we look upon them with interest. Some of us may love the pomp, spectacle and glamour while dreaming of our time when we're recognised.

I've been shortlisted for a major national writing award. I went through the stages of surprise, excitement, bewilderment and disbelief (not in that order). Yes, I received my consolation prize, had photos taken and did interviews. Does it sound too self-effacing to say that its no big deal?

Because it really isn't. The best feeling I had out of the entire experience was submitting the story, knowing that it was a job well done.

Work for the sake of the work. Your time will come, along with those awards. But they aren't the be-all and end-all of your creative existence.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

I agree. Working for the sake of an award seems backwards. A better award is fans who really enjoy what I write for them.

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