Oops for the previous post. Posted before proofread.
If you are a novice writer or are in a writing slump, try writing nonfiction. It can be easier and there are more markets open to submissions. There are many essay contests that are free to enter and a huge market for nonfiction is the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Click here
The nice thing about writing nonfiction is that plotting is not as critical. Fiction and nonfiction both need a beginning, a middle, and an end, but with nonfiction, especially if you are writing a short story about your life, you already know the beginning, middle, and end.
This past week I finally pried myself away from watching the depressing flooding in Texas shown on TV (it reminded me too much of what we went through with Katrina 12 years ago), and busied myself writing stories for two of the many topics Chicken Soup for the Soul has posted on their website.
My long term goal is to be published in one of their books. This opens the door to their editors looking more favorably on the next manuscript I submit, plus I will get a heads up on new topics before they ask for submissions from the general public.
It felt good to actually write something. My neck and back would disagree as they hurt from being hunched over a keyboard and monitor that are not designed for my short body, but Tylenol has eased some of that pain.
Another essay contest you might consider is the Good Read Essay Contest. Their topic is: The Happiest Moment of My Life.
Good luck and keep writing. Success comes from perseverance.