Monthly Archives: November 2010

NaNoWriMo Is Over!

Hurrah, I completed my 50,000 word ‘novel’ at 8.45pm tonight and am therefore a ‘winner’ of NaNoWriMo!   “What do you win?” I hear you cry. Well, … er, nothing, actually, except the satisfaction of having ‘done it’ . Oh, … Continue reading

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Mslexia: 2011 Short Story Competition

Mslexia, the women’s writing magazine, has launched its new short story competition, to be judged by Jackie Kay. It’s an open theme and the maximum word count is 2,200. Although the entry fee is a fairly steep £10, there are … Continue reading

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Writing for Writers’ Forum

The January 2011 issue of Writers’ Forum popped through my letter box today, which was a surprise, for two reasons: 1. January seems rather a long way away (I haven’t even finished the November mag yet!) 2. I clearly remember … Continue reading

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Win Some Books For Christmas!

To launch my new Blog (yes, this!) I’m running a competition! Just leave a comment anywhere on the site (it doesn’t even have to be full of praise but, in the words of Big Brother’s Davina McCall, “please, do not … Continue reading

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Writers, Remember: You are not Michelangelo!

At the risk of sounding smug, I must say, it’s very good, sometimes, to live so near to the UK’s ‘Second City’. Last week I went to another great Birmingham Book Festival event: writer and actor (not ‘actress’ – she was very clear … Continue reading

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Woman’s Weekly Short Stories

I had an email today from Woman’s Weekly, turning down a story. Ouch, it stung! I was half expecting it, though. I can usually tell if there’s a ‘rejection’ in the pipeline because they take several weeks, rather than just … Continue reading

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Writing: It’s Supposed To Be Fun!

I was given free tickets to a classical concert last week in Birmingham’s beautiful Town Hall. I’m not musical but I thought I might like to hum along, or tap my foot. It was a string quartet. They came on … Continue reading

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