I know, it’s unbelievable but after 457 posts and four and a half years, it gets harder….
I’ve seen other bloggers write ‘The A to Z of me’ so I’ve taken that idea and turned it into:
‘The A – Z of My Writing’, starting, of course, with A, B C….. (and erm, I’ll worry about X, Y and Z when I get to them..):
A is for ADJECTIVES and ADVERBS. I’ve got a thing about them (about not having too many, I mean). Especially in poetry. Edit them out as much as you can! The ones I overuse are ‘suddenly’ and ‘really’.
A good tip is, when you’ve written something in Word, use the ‘search’ button for ‘ly’ and it will highlight most of your adverbs (most of them end in ‘ly’). Then you can ask yourself if you need them. (Usually you don’t!)
A is also for the catchily-named ASPARAWRITINGFESTIVAL which starts next weekend. I’m going to one of the workshops and if you live in or around Evesham, Worcestershire, you might want to check it out too.
B is for BELLA, the first magazine in which I had a short story published (a long time ago!). They ran a competition and my story was one of the runners-up. As well as publication in the magazine (for which I was paid), I won a murder mystery weekend in Wells and an all-expenses-paid winners’ lunch, at Rules restaurant in London (when the cabbie dropped me off he told me it was one of the best restaurants in London. It certainly claims to be the oldest. It dates back to 1798!). Author (and one of the judges), Simon Brett, was guest of honour. Wow! And in case you’re wondering, the winner of the first prize, won a cruise down the Nile!
Of course, Bella is still going but, sadly, they don’t include fiction in the magazine any more. 😦
B is also for BONNIE of course, a major distraction from my writing! She was clipped today and now she looks like a little black lamb, bless.
C is for the COTSWOLDS. We moved here 3 years ago and you would think, surrounded by all this lovely countryside – and peace – and with access to my lovely CAVE, I’d be able to write more than ever! Sadly, that hasn’t proved to be the case. There are just as many distractions (tea shops, dog-walking, pubs, visitors…) here as anywhere else.
What are your writing A, B, Cs? (See if you can just come up with one for each letter – I cheated a bit!)