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Bored With Football?

June 17th, 2016

football-blogLove it or hate it, the football is with us until 10th July! For some of you out there it will be the perfect excuse to put your writing to one side and not think about it again until the final penalties (if it goes to penalties) have been taken. For others, it’s the perfect opportunity to read more and write more. Let’s be honest,  there’s not much on the other TV channels to grab your interest – especially if you’re old-fashioned like me and don’t have Sky, Now TV, Netflix or any of the other subscription packages.

So, I’ve stocked up with lots of great books, bought myself some new gardening gloves and plenty of insect repellent for when I’m working outside in the evening. I’ve also got one or two ‘outings’ planned – without my husband, who’ll be glued to the TV. And it’s this ‘me time’ that I hope will provide some inspiration. Often it’s getting away from the normal routine and trying something different (even if it’s only a local trip) that gives you the inspiration you need to move forward with your writing. If you’re a football widow (or widower) for the next couple of weeks, why not try it?

But the on-pitch antics of the players and the off-pitch behaviour of the fans can also provide some food for thought. As you know, we’re running our Limerick Competition until 31st July. Limericks should be entertaining, funny and perhaps just a tad bawdy – there’s nothing like international football for ticking all those boxes as a subject. So get your thinking caps on and see what inspiration you can get from the European shenanigans.

I know that some of you are already members of The Association of Freelance Writers and we’ve just added another great saving to our list of benefits. The NAWG (National Association of Writers’ Groups) are offering £40 off the price of their annual Festival of Writing to be held at Warwick University from 2nd to 4th September. It’s always a great weekend, with interesting speakers and workshops, competitions to enter, comfortable accommodation and a wonderful Gala Dinner on the Saturday night. The price should be £335 but it will cost only £295 if you’re a member of the Association of Freelance Writers.  You can join the AFW by clicking here or by calling us on 0161 819 9922. But hurry if you are interested in the NAWG Festival as places on some of the workshops and seminars are now filling up.

My guest next week is Lorraine Mace. Lorraine was a tutor for Writers Bureau some years ago but left us to concentrate on writing her own books. She’s since had considerable success with her crime series (writing under the name of Frances di Plino) and two children’s books. But she’s now agreed to re-join us and help other achieve their goals.

In addition to tutoring, she wrote a course for us How to Market Your Book – it’s a must for anyone who is contemplating writing a novel or has one tucked away in the top drawer but hasn’t yet managed to get it published. And, until 26th June, you can save £25 if you enrol. Click here to get your discount!

I’ll be back with you in a fortnight; so until then….

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