Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Help raise funds for LOROS

Not blogged for a while, my diary has been busy.

Something I'd like to broadcast is the above event. Please click on the poster, and if you're around in the Leicester area, then please come and support a very good cause.

You'll hear a selection of excellent stories and monologues on the night, as well as performances of spooky scripts, with humorous twists. It should be a lot of fun.

You can find out more about the good work LOROS does here www.loros.co.uk

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Tisbech Terror

I have some wonderful news to share with you all. One of my best writing buddies, Keith Large, has won a National writing competition.

First prize in the Freelance Market News Short Story Competition is a fantastic achievement, well done Keith! His story "The Tisbech Terror" won their first line competition, beginning with "It was the first time..."

Keith read the story out at a Manuscript Clinic at the Writing School in Leicester in early 2009, some of you reading this will remember it well as it made us laugh. Although I'm not sure the tutor knew what to make of Keith's humorous tale of a Yeti on the rampage.

He was however, given some very encouraging critique, from both tutor and fellow writers.
And as always, Keith took it on board, and made alterations to shorten the story and lose the dialogue. Which was a shock. Those of you who know Keith will also know he uses dialogue to best effect. It was obviously very good advice on this story.

You can read Keith's story in the January edition of Freelance Market News, available on subscription. A good resource for anyone wanting to keep up to date on the latest information about the publishing world, it offers news, views and the latest advice about new publications.

There are usually several pages about publications looking for new writers as well as news of competitions and festivals etc. Articles on writing, book reviews and a competition of course!

It is a great feeling when one of your friends has success with their writing, it gives us a buzz, and I know Keith won't mind me saying this but it reinforces what he often tells us.

"Get it out there"

Congratulations Keith, what a fantastic start to the new year.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Taking notes

My first post of 2010, and yes, I know I've missed posting on the first day of the year. I used most of yesterday relaxing and thinking about what I wanted to write, before I started tapping on the keyboard. A mere 500 words might not seem a lot to some of you, but I'm happy with my output for the first day of 2010.

Later, after I've had some sleep, I intend to get started again. Although, due to a heavy list of "real life" commitments I'll have to write freehand into a note book. Mainly because note books are portable and I'm on the move a lot in the next twenty four hours. It's the best I can do to fit writing around my life, and will be interesting to see if I'm able to produce much between tasks.

Talking of note books, I also keep a small one with me to jot down anything interesting I overhear, or anything I might see that sparks an idea. Sometimes I jot a single word down, if it takes my fancy. I have a section at the back of the book where I list possible titles for chapters in my novel, or for a new short story.

Carrying a small note book is a good habit, because you never know when an idea will pop into your head, and sometimes just as quickly disappear again if you don't jot it down immediately. My memory isn't as good as it used to be, perhaps its age or maybe everyday stress. Whatever. Carrying a note book works for me.

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