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April 23rd, 2010


First, thanks to Alex for last week’s blog.  I found it quite reassuring – no-one makes more mistakes than me.  I can never decide whether it’s old age creeping up or simply that I’ve not got to grips successfully with multi-tasking!

Over the past few weeks, the more writing magazines I read, the more people seem to be moaning about markets for short stories drying up in print-based magazines.  This might be true, but this certainly isn’t the case on the Internet.  Yes, I know it doesn’t usually pay as well – sometimes not at all – but it does help you to hone your skills.

According to Samuel Johnson ‘Nobody but a blockhead ever wrote for anything but money’.  But I suspect that if Sam were alive and writing today he’d take a rather different view.  What about the personal satisfaction?  And more important, what about using it as a means to an end?  If it helps to build up your portfolio of published work it’s not a waste of effort.  It takes you a valuable step nearer being in a position to earn from your writing.

OK, down from my soapbox and onto the lighter side.  Do visit our website and look at the winner of March’s 21st birthday competition.  It made me smile, but Anthea also sent in some other ambiguous notices that were almost as good.  Here are a couple:

Don’t let worry kill you off.  Let the church help.

(Church noticeboard)

Place your donations in the envelope along with the deceased person you want to remember.

(Church newsletter)

And don’t forget this month’s 21st Birthday competition – write a twitter review to be in with a chance of winning one of our Writing for Profit Using the Internet Course.

The weather’s forecast to be glorious again this weekend so I’ve every intention of avoiding the election propaganda and making the most of it while it lasts. Easier said than done!

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