I’m off to a writing day tomorrow (held quarterly and strictly ‘by invitation only’!). Eek! And as usual I am procrastinating like crazy because I have ‘The Fear’ about reading out my work to be critiqued by 5 other writers! (two of whom are published novelists – so I should be pleased really, shouldn’t I?!).
I need some of these little ‘worry people’ from Guatemala to take my cares away…
Anyway, as NaNoWriMo draws to a close (and well done all of you that ‘won’ by completing the 50,000 words before the end of the month– my writing buddy Sally Jenkins amongst them!), I can at least say that I’m taking the ‘start of my novel’ (!) to read out tomorrow, which is the first time I’ve ever done that (usually I take a short story which gets… er.. nicely ‘ripped to pieces’).
I was reading one of the NaNoWriMo ‘pep talks’ today (and even if you have no intention of every doing NaNo, they’re worth reading) and writer Holly McGhee said something that really struck a chord with me: “Sometimes if you haven’t touched your laptop in a while, you begin to fear it. You’re afraid to start typing and you’re afraid not to start typing. Writing becomes a stranger—and without realizing it, you’ve closed the door on your closest friend, your imagination.”
Oh, this is so true! I haven’t been writing every day (yes, I have failed NaNo) and when I should have been working on my novel for tomorrow’s writing day, I kept putting it off and then, I definitely began to ‘fear it’. Weird, isn’t it? Because tonight I’ve done 2 hours of work on it (another couple to go, I reckon!) and it wasn’t that bad.
On a different note, if you fancy winning a Sue Moorcroft ‘Writing A Romantic Novel’ workshop in London, worth £150, have a look here
The winner of the last Good Housekeeping novel writing competition has just had her novel published!
And, even better news for the rest of us – Good Housekeeping is launching its next novel writing competition in the January 2014 issue (which will be out in December). I will report more when I get a copy of the magazine in my sticky little hands!
And, finally, unlike some competitions, which drive me crazy (Bridport, take a bow) because they publish the results and the judges’ reports but NOT the winning entries (because they want you to buy the anthology), Wells Literary Festival have published the results of their poetry, novel and short story competitions and ALSO published the winners of the short story and poetry categories.
I’ve only read the story that came first (‘Erosion’ by Barbara Leahy) and I can see why Della Galton, the judge, chose it. It’s well worth a read.
Hmm, and when I googled the author to find out more, it turns out she ‘started writing short stories in 2010’.. Nooo, please tell me that’s not true!!
Have a good weekend, everyone! I will hopefully be back to ‘full confidence’ levels next time! x