Thursday, 8 September 2011

Writing Competitions

I've now submitted a short story to 'Writing' magazine. I am working through the list I made last week of suitable competions and they all have one thing in common - there is no entry fee! I will only enter if they are free otherwise I could end up being seriously out of pocket if I don't win anything.

I'm working on my next entry at the moment and this one is going very well. I'm happy with the story and the characters so far. It's nowhere near ready to submit but I'll keep working at it.

Monday, 5 September 2011

I'm Back!!

Yes, folks. I'm back on my blog. I can't believe it's been such a long time since I wrote anything. So where have I been? Well, to some pretty interesting places actually. I've been to Holland, Germany, Austria, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. This was all in the space of three weeks on a wonderful river cruise with a company called Noble Caledonia on boat called the Johann Strauss. My trip has given me lots of ideas for travel articles and travel related competitions.

What else has happened in my long absence? Finally the NOVEL is finished!! The first draft is completed after months of hard work and I am about to embark on the first rewrite.

Anything else? Two long visits to our house in Spain and a trip to Toledo and Madrid.

Where am I going with my writing at the moment? Firstly the manuscript needs serous attention. I've made a list of plenty of competitions to enter and posted off my first entry this morning. I've also started to simplify my writing life by sorting through cuttings files and my ideas bank to get rid of anything that no longer applies.

I've also taken out a subscription to 'Writing Magazine' and this is the best thing I have done to help me with my writing since finishing the Writer's Bureau Course. There is so much good advice in this magazine and I can't wait for the next issue to drop on the doormat. I am going to buy a couple of box files tomorrow to keep back issues in for future reference. For anyone out there who isn't familiar with this gem of a publication then check it out at WH Smith or go on-line.