I Was Honored by a Top Magazine — Here’s Why I Was Upset

Navigating the ups and downs of a writing career

Emmeline Chang
Ascent Publication
Published in
4 min readSep 4, 2019

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Celebration: One of my stories got an Honorable Mention in a Glimmer Train contest.

Confession: My first reaction was disappointment. “Oh, I didn’t win.”

(It’s a really good story, and I wanted to win first place!!)

There’s some learning here, of course. :-)

When you have a big dream, does this happen?

I have big visions. I want big things in my life. Sometimes I want so much, the dream gets intimidating, and it’s hard to take a first small step. Does this happen to you?

You dream of writing a novel that shakes open the way people look at life — AND wins all the big prizes and sells like crazy. Or making the movie that breaks out at Sundance and becomes a multi-million dollar box office hit.

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Sometimes I want so much, the dream gets intimidating, and it’s hard to take a first small step.

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