Do you keep a diary? I used to. When I was in my twenties I thought it was the sort of thing a writer should do, so I made sure I always had an A5 hardback notebook to hand. This was my journal and in it, every day (sometimes two or three times a day) I recorded my activities, my observations and my innermost feelings. At some point, I thought, I’ll turn all this into a play, or a novel or a whole stack of poems. Read the rest of this entry »
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First, thanks to Esther for last Friday’s post – and the great advice about ‘up-cycling’ (not sure if I like that word) your writing. Don’t just delete stuff. You might not be able to use it in its current form but you could cannibalise it for a plot, a title or a theme.
But, as our annual short story comes to an end and we send the entries off to the adjudicator, could I make a plea for people not to enter the same story year after year. I recognised quite a few from last year; and if they didn’t win then, they’re highly unlikely to win this year. Send them off to a different competition or re-cycle them, otherwise you’re just wasting your money. Read the rest of this entry »
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