Hurrah – yet another winner from this blog! (I should be on commission or something).
Come on, let’s get another winner in November. This month’s (free!) competition is open to anyone, anywhere and if you’re the winner, you’ll win a non-fiction writing course.
All you have to do is ‘write a history of Guy Fawkes in 500 words or less’. (Simples!) And it’s got to be ‘a lively, engaging read, something that entertains and informs at the same time.’
You’ve got until 30th November to get your entry in. More details here.
2. My story, ‘Heroes, Just For One Day’, which won the Erewash Writers’ competition, is now on-line..(I’m only telling you because a few of you said I should!).. should you wish to have a quick look.
3. Bill Strachan, from the ‘Highland Lit Salon’, up there in Bonny Scotland, has asked me to give his group’s short story competition a little plug and I’m more than happy to do so – not least because their webpage has a gorgeous Highland Cow on the home page – which I have decided to ‘appropriate’ for this post.
Closing date is 31st January, it’s £3.50 to enter and the theme is ‘roots’. There’s £100 for the winner of the adult section and £50 for the runner-up and the entrant that shows ‘most potential’ will win a week’s Arvon course in Moniack Mhor, which, if you don’t mind coughing up for the journey to Scotland, (if you don’t already live there!) is a prize well worth winning!
Right. Update time. I’ve got a (reasonable) idea. I’ve started writing and I’m plodding away at my ‘novel’ (in between procrastinating MADLY – I even wrote some Christmas cards today..!) but I’m way behind the word count that I should have reached by now.
But guess what? I’m not going to worry! I’ve decided that, rather than race to the 50,000 word mark – and perhaps end up with another load of nonsense (!), I’m going to do some planning, plotting and dip into some ‘how to write a novel’ books as I go along – and if I only end up with 20,000 words BUT I’ve made a start in writing a proper novel, then I’ll be happy.
I just feel that I can’t do it ‘on my own’! (I know I’m not exactly on my own in doing NaNo, but you know what I mean). I need the inspiration that books like Louise Doughty’s excellent ‘A Novel In A Year‘ (month?) give. It’s a bit like having a ‘coach’ rather than trying to do it completely on my own! Interestingly, Kath McGurl’s latest post – which really struck a chord with me – dropped into my inbox tonight, just as I was thinking about all this.
Have a read, whether you’re doing NaNo or just thinking about writing a novel ‘one day’. You might find it useful too!
The Culture Show: Wars of The Heart
And finally, none of us has time to watch TV, now do we? So, if you missed The Culture Show last week (as I did) and you have a spare half hour, you might be interested in viewing this programme on i-player (until 13th Nov), which someone in my writing class recommended.
It’s about novelists Graham Greene, Henry Green and Elizabeth Bowen, and American poet Hilda Doolittle, who stayed in London during the Blitz and who ‘revelled in the creative and personal freedom they discovered even as the bombs rained down.’
I’ll update this post when I’ve watched it! (but of course, I’m NaNo-ing, so, ahem, I may be some time…)