Advance Warning: I’m hosting a Writing Competition


It is Rodeo time. Carrot Ranch is set to party and I’m joining in as one of the 8 competition leaders. Each competition has its own leader, its own set of rules and own topic. Out of eight there is sure to be one that will excite you to write. All are welcome to join in. Cash prizes to be won. I am hosting on the 17th October and I want to take this opportunity to introduce one of my judges – Sharon Bonin-Pratt.

My pen name is Sharon Bonin-Pratt, a combo of my maiden and married names. Nothing excites me more than the smell of an idea for a new book. If I’m not writing, I’m thinking about story. Researching, taking notes, talking to friends.

I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil, stories that began as far-fetched adventures with unlikely scenarios and peculiar characters. When little, every hand written story was embellished with a drawing in the margins. My current work is composed on the computer. I’ve written three adult novels and am working on a fourth. Most of my work is women’s commercial historical fiction, though I enjoy reading a wide variety of genres. My novels explore human relationships, revenge, identity crises, rage, self-doubt, forgiveness, redemption, and all the labyrinthine quandaries that mess up otherwise perfect lives. I hone the writing craft in anticipation of one day being published.

I like stories that thrust a character into unexpected circumstances, forcing her or him to struggle in order to resolve their dilemma. If they’ve gotten themselves into a mess because of their own neglect or hubris, all the better – it gives the protagonist an opportunity to change. A story should contain an element of truth, something by which we can recognize the human condition, and moments of suspense or conflict as well as personal reflection.

My blog site, Sharon Bonin-Pratt’s Ink Flare, is dedicated to exploring issues emerging writers face when trying to get those first stories to straighten out on the page. I’m eager to accept writing advice and happy to share what I’ve learned. My suggestions are always heart driven and inspired by the books I’ve loved that awaken my brain and purge my soul.

Some folks claim they will write when the floors get vacuumed, family dinner is prepped, the new garden planted. I reside in a eucalyptus forest in Southern California with my patient husband who’s learned to vacuum but not to cook. And the garden needs help. I am proof that all those tasks can be successfully ignored but not the urge to write.

More ink, please.

Keep your eyes glued. Join in the party. Lets kick up our heels and write.

Source: Get Ready to Rodeo!

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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8 Responses to Advance Warning: I’m hosting a Writing Competition

  1. Yee Haw! A rodeo! Way to take the bull by the horns, Irene. I look forward to your event on the 17th. I have my bulls all corralled for the bull riding event on the 24th. Very exciting times, these. I hope there is a good turn out for these fun and friendly competitions.

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  2. Warning… I like it. 😉 Great post and I look forward to your contest. I’m working on that post/email about partnering up.

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  3. Pingback: Let the party begin: Month of Celebrations for Carrot Ranch and the Rough Writers | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)

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