First, thanks to Emily for last week’s blog. I really admire all the hard work she’s putting in to get the first draft of her novel down on paper. Sometimes you need a deadline, or a bit of pressure, to force you to get on with a projected of this kind. But I suspect that the really hard work will start when she goes back and starts knocking her first draft into shape. I’ll make sure she lets you know how she’s getting on in six months’ time. Read the rest of this entry »
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There’s an old saying that everyone has a novel inside them, and for most of us that poor novel will never see the light of day. National Novel Writing Month is an annual event that aims to help those of us who are struggling to sit down and put pen to paper. “NaNoWriMo”, as it has become known to participants, happens every November and is entered by thousands of aspiring novelists around the world. To “win” entrants must complete 50,000 words in 30 days – roughly 1,667 words per day. This year, after six months of stalling on my, still untitled, work-in-progress, I decided to enter for myself with the idea that it might give me the push I need to finally finish something. Read the rest of this entry »
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Sometimes I feel that it’s all doom and gloom surrounding the writing of short stories. We’re told that the market is getting ever smaller and it’s harder than ever to find paying markets – as opposed to websites that will publish your work, but don’t offer a fee. Read the rest of this entry »
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Most of us find ourselves stuck for words at one time or another; so thanks, Karen, for sharing your tips on how you kick-start your writing.
The shortest of short novels
This week I came a across a term I’d never heard before – Keitai novels. Apparently, these short (very!) novels are sent out in instalments using a mobile phone. As you might expect, it’s a literary form pioneered in Japan. Personally I don’t think I’d find a lot of satisfaction in something so brief, but for the current multi-tasking, phone-addicted generation it obviously has its plus points.
Twitter your short story
Incidentally, if you want to see a fantastic example of how to get a story across in the least number of words, check out the winner of our ‘Twitter’ Halloween Spooky Story Competition. And while you’re there, you may be tempted to enter the November ‘Caption’ competition. It’s worth having a go as there’s a Freelance Journalism course on offer for the best suggestion.
£10 a word for your writing!
Talking of very short stories, Reader’s Digest currently has a competition running that asks you to write a compelling story in just 100 words. There’s a £1000 prize for the winner and two runners up will get £100 each. In addition there are two school categories (one for 12 to 18 year olds and one for under 12s). The winner in each will get £500 of high street vouchers to spend plus £500 for their school. It might be worth tipping off your local school about the competition – full details are available on the Reader’s Digest website.
Guest Bloggers Welcome
As you’re reading this blog, I suspect many of you may already be writing your own blog or are planning to do so. If you want some professional advice on your posts we currently have a 10% discount for this on our Review and Appraisal service. Also, if anyone would like to provide a guest post for me (on a writing-related topic, of course) I’d be delighted to hear from you. And if you’d like me to guest on your blog, in return, just let me know.
And coming full circle, if you’re a Writers Bureau student and feel that one of our courses has given your writing the ‘kick-start’ it needed then why not take part in our Student of the Year competition? There’s £250 to add to your earnings for the entry we deem best and four runners up will receive £50 each. An entry form can be downloaded from our website and if you’re brave enough you can even put together a YouTube clip for our delectation!
Until next time…
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