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Are You A ‘Binge Watcher’ Or A Writer?

January 22nd, 2016

couch-potato-blogFirst, thanks to Sneha for last week’s post showing how to use your time online professionally and constructively rather than frittering it away.

Since Christmas and my New Year resolutions I’ve been doing less ‘frittering’ – so I’ve only just caught up with the fact that Collins Dictionary word-of-the-year for 2015 was ‘binge-watch’. You know, where you lose huge chunks of time catching up on box sets, so that you can discuss them with friends.  Synonymous in most respects with ‘couch potato’ or ‘slobbing out’! Other words that seem to be trending are ‘dadbod’ – what happens when the hunk in your life starts to look a little less…hunky. And my favourite: ‘manspreading’. Don’t you just hate it when you sit on a train or a bus and the man next to you is reading the newspaper – but in order to do this he has to have his legs apart, taking up most of your space? There are ways around this, but I won’t go into them here.

I also came across the Colossal Directory of Children’s Publishers this week. It’s an American site but there’s still a huge amount of useful information provided. There is a list of articles on writing for Children; a list of ‘How To books’ and as well as comprehensive coverage of American publishers there are also lists of British, Australian and Canadian publishers.  Just click and it will take you direct to the publisher’s site.

And if you already enjoy writing for children, but aren’t too sure how to move forward, or you’re a complete beginner then the Writers Bureau is offering £25 off our Writing for Children Course if you enrol by Sunday 24th January. It doesn’t leave you much time, but it’s a good saving if this is something you’ve always wanted to do.

We hope to be able to announce the winners of our 2015 Short Story Competition within a couple of weeks and launch our next competition which will be for Flash Fiction. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a competition to enter, with good prize money, then you might consider the Reader’s Digest 100-word story competition. They say “Our incredibly successful 100-word-story competition is back for a sixth year. This is your chance to win £2,000 and see your work published in the magazine—all you have to do is write a brilliant work of fiction in just 100 words!”

There are three categories—one for adults and two categories for schools: one for children aged 12–18 and one for children under 12. Stories should be original, unpublished and exactly 100 words long—not even a single word shorter or longer! And that’s what’s so unusual about this competition. Normally, you mustn’t exceed the word limit but it doesn’t matter is your story is shorter. It really does make it quite a testing exercise. As it’s Reader’s Digest and the prize is so good then the competition will obviously be fierce, but if you fancy your chances entry is free and your short story  must be in by 20th February.

Next week I’ll  be looking at some of the places and events that will get you out and about over the next couple of month. In the meantime, put that TV remote away and keep writing…

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