Short story competitions April-December 2021

[UPDATED 25/8/2021] It really does feel like we’re emerging from a collective hibernation, doesn’t it? Armed with a Covid vaccination, or at least the promise of one in the near future. For many people, writing has been on the back burner – it certainly has been here at Wordherding Towers. But I have set a… Read More Short story competitions April-December 2021

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The weekly herding: it doesn’t pay to be a writer

It’s no secret that it is difficult to earn a living as a writer. But it is particularly disheartening to hear that even established writers struggle to make ends meet, despite their seeming success. The Independent website today featured an interview with Man Booker Prize longlisted author Donal Ryan, who revealed that he has had no choice but to… Read More The weekly herding: it doesn’t pay to be a writer

The weekly herding: why it’s good to be part of the herd

A round-up of the week’s most interesting writing-related blog posts scattered around the internet’s rocky outcrops. This week is all about ways of developing your craft. Have I missed something unmissable? Let me know.   Photo credit: Lazy sheepdog? via photopin (license) Warming up your voice Becoming a competent storyteller in any discipline is a gradual… Read More The weekly herding: why it’s good to be part of the herd