Before I get on to the bit you’ve come to see, I just have a quick request. I’m writing an article about our writing ‘gremlins’ – you know, those evil beggars that sit on your shoulder when you’re trying to write, telling you it’s all rubbish and you can’t do it and who do you think you are, anyway..?
Do any of you have a ‘gremlin’ and if so, what effect does he/she have on you and, more importantly, how do you deal with the pesky thing?!
Thanks – any comments gratefully received…
Woman’s Weekly Contributors’ Message
Just had an email from the lovely Maureen Street at WW (‘lovely’ because, for once, she’s not rejecting one of my stories). It’s a letter to ‘regular contributors’ (ooh, get me. If only).
A few weeks ago, they made a plea for more 1000 word stories (can’t remember if I told you that or not?) Anyway, forget that now because it’s all changed! This is what the email says:
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the potting shed..!
Thank you for the tremendous response to our request for one-pagers. It’s been brilliant. Keep ’em coming please.
Now we are urgently asking for 2-pagers (about 1,800 words). These can be on any theme but please avoid retirement (especially where hubby is in the way!). Also weddings of any description and stories about adoption.
And if you’d like to write something longer for Fiction Special, we’d be very pleased to hear from you. Anywhere from 5,500 words to 8,000 would be great!
OK, you can go back to your cuttings now, while you dream up a storyline!
(Ah, Maureen, if only it were that easy…)
And, blow me, if I haven’t recently sent WW a story that involves adoption (eek, that one will be bouncing back then, any moment) and two other stories that are NOT the length they’re now asking for. Back to the drawing board… (or the ‘potting shed’?)
And don’t forget to let me know about your ‘Gremlins’ please..!!