Poetry, for example and short stories. They won’t just ‘come’ will they, when you try to do them in a hurry? At least, mine won’t. I’m slow. Mine take ages to develop, evolve and ‘ferment’. Which is why I’m kicking myself that I didn’t start work on a story for the Commonwealth Writers Short Story competition at least a couple of weeks ago.
The deadline’s midday tomorrow, so I’ve got no chance now. I’m going to polish up an old story and send that, even though I know it’s got NO chance (and they don’t publish short or long lists either), but I’ll be annoyed with myself if I don’t send something.
Imagine: Jeanette Winterson
And, changing the subject completely, tomorrow night there’s another of those ‘Imagine’ programmes on TV (10.35pm on BBC 1) – this time about writer Jeanette Winterson, author of ‘Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit‘, amongst many others (you have read that, haven’t you?)
I’ll be watching, if only to see if Jeanette mentions seeing me at Daylesford back in August.
No, I’m joking. It’ll be interesting. (She demonstrates how to live in a mini, for example).
Update: It WAS interesting. If you missed it, you can catch it for the next couple of weeks on iplayer, here.
I like her website, particularly her ‘columns’ in which she says some wise and beautiful things. On Autumn (which she loves): “I have a hedgehog under the shed, a woodpecker in the wood, and more stars than God. Or at least the same number.”
And in her ‘FAQs’ section on the website, there’s this:
I want to be a writer. What should I do?