What is your winning strategy?In the recent announcement of the winners for the topic-based TOW contest, Sumit Kumar Bhui requested the winners to share some of their winning strategies. I thought it would be interesting to initiate this thread to get the views of everyone.
In my opinion, there is no hard and fast strategy to win any contest. Spontaneity is the key, so just put whatever pops up in your mind into words. That does not mean that one should just submit an entry right away. Take time to think over how you will put those words into a cohesive manner. Jot down some points in your ISC notebook that will likely occur to you as soon as you see a contest announcement - before they go into the archives of your brain! Drop in a spark of creativity and uniqueness which makes for a magical read that not only registers with a forceful impact on the reader's mind but also touches the heart.
When talking about spontaneity, what I am indicating is that one should not strive to be like others. Retain your own creative individuality and not ape others. It is also good to simply participate in a variety of contests to discover yourself. You will be surprised to find that you can write a story, solve a crossword puzzle, decipher a riddle...so many wonderful things you realize you can do but likely never even tried your hand at!
[Note: the ISC notebook can be accessed via your Dashboard page or from the drop-down menu at your name in the right top corner when you log in.]