May 29th, 2015
First, thanks to Kerry for last Friday’s blog. I found it an enlightening piece because it shows that nearly every situation has its pros and cons. On the one hand, living away from your native country can provide inspiration and new perspectives. But it can also have a downside, including being unable to interact with other writers. But as Kerry pointed out – the Internet now makes almost anything possible.
You hear so much in the press about established writers but just recently there seems to have been a bit of a spike in competitions aimed at younger writers – and it’s good to see them getting the encouragement, and the recognition that a good competition win often brings.
The Robin Reeves Prize for Young Fiction competition asks young writers aged 17 to 24, who were born or are living in Wales, to send in submissions on the theme ‘Out of the Ashes: Overcoming Adversity’. Read the rest of this entry »
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May 26th, 2015
Have you come across Wattpad? I just discovered it a couple of days ago and … I’m in two minds. Where I can see there’s definitely something interesting going on, I’m not really sure it’s for me.
Wattpad is a Canadian based story-sharing website, like a Facebook or Youtube for writers. Stories and poems are shared in over fifty languages, and the stat’s for membership and reading are quite impressive: 40 million users per month with an average user session of thirty minutes. Readers are encouraged to post comments about work they’ve read, writers have profile pages where you can message them privately, and there are a number of Forums where both writers and readers join in extended conversations. Generally, from what I can see, people are serialising novels and putting them up one chapter at a time. Some attract thousands of readers, and one I noticed – Flawed by someone calling themselves bnflan has been read an enormous 2, 410, 414 times. Read the rest of this entry »
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May 22nd, 2015
Living in France can sound like a dream come true to Francophiles living in the UK, but when you’re a budding writer it can sometimes feel like you’re living in exile.
How I envy those bloggers who wax lyrical about their writing groups and litfests, not to mention book signings. When my French friends show an interest in my writing very few are able to read it let alone provide a critique.
The current trend for Indie publishing is also out of my grasp as I can hardly nip over the channel in my spare time to actively promote my book in local bookshops. Looking for an agent is just as difficult as it would be if I were back in Blighty, but at least comprehensive lists can be found on the internet.
Speaking of the world wide web, this is my lifeline, it keeps me abreast of changes in the publishing world and allows me to pester my faithful readers back home with dozens of rewrites! Even finding an editor for my first full length manuscript proved a simple task, again with the help of my trusty laptop, and whilst the editing process taught me a lot, I can’t help thinking it would have been so much more fulfilling to learn this face to face or in a writer’s circle. Writing is by definition a solitary pursuit, but how I crave the contact with like-minded souls! Read the rest of this entry »
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May 18th, 2015
Right, now, I’m not getting fixated or anything, but last week I blogged about magazine articles and, here I am again, blogging about … magazine articles. Y’see, I’ve got these ideas – all good, publishable, and I’ve got my editorial calendar sorted, but the thing I’m not sure about is how to approach an editor. So I’ve been looking back through the E-Zee Writer archive to get some advice and, as usual, it’s come up trumps. Back in June 2009, Simon Whaley wrote a piece called Perfect Pitches, all about making a good impression and striking deals with editors, and it’s proving to be a great help. Read the rest of this entry »
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May 15th, 2015
As usual, thanks to Esther – I hope you’ll decide to enter her competition.
While we’re on the subject of the ‘C’ word, our own Limerick competition has now come to an end. I’ve been sifting through the entries and I couldn’t help but chuckle at some of them. I’ve got a very bad habit of doing this kind of task in bed – much to my husband’s consternation. Last week he had to resort to ear-plugs because I kept reading the good ones aloud to him. And they say romance is dead! Read the rest of this entry »
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