The highlights being an hour in the company of Linda Lewis, who talked us through how to identify potential markets for short stories. Linda gave us several scenarios of plots for stories which we had to make more interesting. It really made you think about the storyline.
Swanwick is always an experience, and much is learnt at the dining room table over lunch or dinner, where they operate a system of joining any available table. This is great! As I imagine over the week you would get to meet many writers of all ages, and stages on the writing journey. Yes, it was a good day out, and I made some new friends.
Last week, I set myself the following targets, and you can see how it worked out.
Writing - With some sound advice from a writing buddy I re-worked part of the first chapter of my novel, its more personal, and nearer to where I want it to be now. I've also had feedback from the critique group I attend, and there are perhaps still things I need to change.
I read the stories for the competition I mentioned, several times! And helped to select the winners. I'll be honest it was time consuming, but interesting to read the entries. One observation I made was poor presentation. There were several entries written in strange fonts, and several were poorly aligned on the page.
What a shame, if only the writers concerned had followed the rules, then their stories would have done better. I've been involved in judging before, and it always amazes me how people ignore the guidelines. They are there for a reason. Surely, if you're going to all the trouble of writing, editing, and sending your story into a competition, not to mention paying an entry fee, then you should check the rules! Rant over, I'm just saying...thats all. After deliberation, it was a close thing between the winner and the runner-up and it came down to minor details in the end.
Reading - Flicked through Writing Magazine, and started Mugging the Muse by Holly Lisle.
Mac - I purchased Apple pages, which is compatible with Word, so I've been trying it out, and familiarising myself with how it works.
Cake - Victoria sandwich ruled. I had tea in the garden, in the sunshine! It was lovely and relaxing, and must be repeated again soon.
|Tea & Cake - Maria A Smith|
This week my goals are...
Writing - Re-write the second part of chapter one. Prepare a Flash Fiction piece for Saturday morning critique group. Blog a couple of posts to keep the flow, and spend time visiting other writers blogs too.
Swimming - Make a conscious effort to find the time to go to the pool.
Reading - More Writing Magazine, and Holly Lisle.
So how did you do last week? Whats the plan now?