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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

IWSG DAY, August 7, 2019, The First Win by Pat Garcia

Hello Everyone,

It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time. 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It is a big help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us:

 The First Win

My very first win as a competitor in a writing competition caught me totally by surprise. 
It came at a convenient time. Not that I had planned on quitting or giving up on my writing, but I had become complacent with the rejections. My expectations had turned to negatively expecting something to return to me as rejected. 

It was December 2016. I had been sitting at my computer, writing a story that had to be submitted to one of my writing classes.  The email came in. It was from the WEP. I believe I read that email at least eleven times before it hit me what had happened, and I cried. 

I had finally crossed over onto a higher level. Some writers believed I wrote well.
My year ended with a bang, and my new year started with me being encouraged.  My focus changed, and the expectations for my stories turned positive once again.  

I will never forget that win because it was my first. The first one is always special. 

Wishing all of you a lovely month of August.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat G