The article’s called ‘Being Delusional: A Guide To Writing’. It’s about how easy it is to be put off when you’re writing a novel and how important it is to “firmly switch off those doubting voices” and “to surround yourself with people who allow you to believe” (that you will one day be a published author).
Emma Chapman’s husband lied to her when she was beavering away at her novel – but with good reason. Read the article and you’ll see why.
Coincidentally, I’m writing an article about how friends and family can help or hinder us as writers.
Do your nearest-and-dearest encourage you, or (heaven forbid!), laugh at you and tell you you’re wasting your time? Name And Shame Here!! (Or you can change names, to protect the not-so-innocent). Or do they just stop you writing because – inconsiderate wretches – they will keep demanding meals?!
My article will be pretty dull, if I can only give examples of my dog and Him Indoors, so if you have any top tips on ‘managing’ friends and family: their expectations, their ‘helpful suggestions’ and whether they really make the best critique partners, I’d be delighted to hear from you, either via the comments box or you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Erewash Writers – Competitions
Now to tell you about Erewash Writers’ 2014 competitions and draws, some of which are free to enter!
As I was, ahem, the winner of their 2013 Open Short Story competition, they are, of course, close to my heart.
‘Themed’ Flash Fiction Competition 2014 – closes June 2014
Judge: Maggie Cobbett
Free to enter, 500 words max, themed comp,
Win Maggie’s book and free entry to our Open Short Story Comp. The theme, by the way, is: ‘Seize the day, but don’t be surprised if it bites back!’
Open Short Story Competition – closes September 2014
Judge: Malcolm Welshman
£3.00 entry (£2.50 for multiples)
2,000 words max, on any theme that you like.
Prizes include £100, £50, 2 x £25, free entry to future comps and a donation to a charity selected by entrants
December Draw – closes December 2014
Free to enter
Win free entry to future comps or a book