In all honesty, I have found this year an absolute slog, writing-wise. From talking to writer friends I know I’m not alone in this – perhaps there’s a collective post-pandemic weariness, or taking stock, or recalibration going on. Whatever the reason, I’ve had to give myself permission to not worry about writing and editing book… Read More Flash 500 Novel Opening Competition shortlist!
[Updated 31/10/22] It’s been a while since my last novel list so I thought I’d do a quick update covering what’s left of the year. My own WIP is slightly MIA – it’s been a tough year in terms of writing fortitude. But I’ve picked myself up, dusted off book two and am in the… Read More Novel competitions 2022/2023
[UPDATED 6/8/22] High time for a fresh round-up, I feel. Here are the novel competitions currently open for entries, with a wide variety of prizes and judges. They range from established awards like the Bridport Prize to newcomer the Cheshire Novel Prize (which ambitiously promises feedback on every single entry!). Entering competitions like this can… Read More Novel competitions for 2022
Linking to a Mr Bean video may not be the coolest reference ever made, but this is the image that pops into my mind when I think about the minefield that is Twitter. I only joined Twitter recently, and pretty reluctantly at that. But writers need to be seen and heard, I was strongly advised,… Read More Engaging in social media be like…
Firstly, on a non-writing topic, the French film Amélie has been on my mind over the past few days. I probably don’t need to explain why. I’ve found myself watching clips on YouTube, and digging out my DVD copy to rewatch over the weekend to remind myself of a city that is generally far removed… Read More Unwise writer, week 4: Amélie, worrying less and Neil Gaiman