I think the best way is to be inspired by everything- good+evil alike. We find a gradual meeting hinge and sway, creating opinions and, eventually, facts. Hub-Pages is a great place to begin a writing career (and to develop it) and a monthly contest is a feature I truly enjoy.
be confident in your work and enjoy every min. of it.if your going to join a contest may it be something you enjoy.and dont do it to win.do it for fun and see where it takes you.who knows?maybe you hold the power to be the best and win.(: