See the picture of Mark Twain writing in bed? (Marian Keyes used to do that too, by the way*). Well, they just want you to write a funny caption to go with it.
It’s free to enter and you have to email your entry to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 30th November. Worth a go, I think, if you’re interested in writing non-fiction.
More details and the full rules are here
When Do You Admit You’re ‘A Writer’?
We’ve joined the ‘Book Club’ in the village (or, as ‘im indoors inadvertently called it the other night,‘The Wine Club’! Hmm, Freudian slip or what?).
Anyway, we thought it was a good way to meet some people and
drink some wine read books that we might not otherwise have read.
It was our second meeting this week and as I was spouting on about books (I’d read most of those they were suggesting for next time), a man next to me asked if I was a ‘literary’ sort of person?
“Urrrm. Yes, I suppose I am…”, I said.
Then he got all excited. “Oh, do you write?”
(this is the moment when I should have shut up or gone away. Or drunk some more wine).
“What have you written – we might have read your books!” he said – practically jumping up and down on the sofa by now.
It was all a bit embarrassing. Has this ever happened to you? You dare to admit that you ‘dabble’ a bit with writing and people press you for more information, thinking you must just be a shy novelist, with twenty books under your belt. And then they look very crestfallen (and slightly ‘cheated’), when you have to admit that it’s just a few short stories, poems and articles and no, you’re not actually famous… and well, you’ve lost them by then, haven’t you?!
I am never going to admit to being ‘a writer’ again!
*Marian Keyes says: I used to write in bed, starting when I woke up. I believe that creative work comes from our subconscious mind so I try to keep the gap between sleep and writing as minimal as possible.
Sounds like a great excuse for staying in bed all day, to me!