We interviewed 2016 Gold Prose award winner, Michelle Porter, on what it’s like to win the Creative Future Literary Awards.
Q1: Can you tell us a little about your experience as a writer to date?
I have been writing stories since childhood, pastiches of Beatrix Potter, parodies of sitcoms. I have written one play and have ghost written two non-fiction books. My personal writing really took off when I began blogging and received good feedback, it spurred me on to continue.
Q2: In 2016, your short story ‘A Belated Invasion’ won the gold award for fiction. Can you remember what encouraged you to enter the competition?
A friend in my writing group advised me to enter. I was reticent at first as I could never imagine winning a competition. I’m so glad I did now.
Q3: Has winning the award has an impact on your writing?
The award has given me a huge confidence boost. I feel more credible, less like an impostor. My writing feels real now, not a hobby but a serious pursuit, an art I can develop and be proud of. I have received some really positive comments on my story and have been given that extra push to complete my novel.
Q4: What would you say to someone who is considering entering the competition, but is unsure whether they have enough experience as a writer?
You have to start somewhere. Even if you don’t win, the discipline of sitting down and producing work to a deadline really helps you to focus your ideas.
Q5: What’s your one big tip for a new writer?
Get together with others writers, join a writing group or form your own. Writers tend to be a supportive bunch and getting constructive feedback is so valuable. When you write on your own you can become overly critical, we all need writerly friends to boost our confidence.