I’m eating a big slice of humble pie. After all I said about social media – specifically Facebook – a couple of weeks ago, I’ve now got cause to think it’s rather wonderful.
I’ve just won The People’s Friend serial writing competition (remember, I blogged about my last-minute entry here?) and since the good news was made public yesterday, I’ve had zillions of kind, congratulatory messages..er, yes and mostly on Facebook. Eek. I am suitably ashamed and all ‘Facebook-friendly’ again (for the time being, at least!).
And now I have to tread very carefully and not do the exact thing that I accused Facebook-users of doing – ie: being all ‘boasty-boasty’, which I know, when you’re struggling to feel inspired or just not getting the strokes of luck that you need (because there is a lot of luck in this writing lark, as well, obviously, as skill and hard work), boasty-boastiness is not what you want.
So, please feel free to switch your attention to something else, if you’d rather not read the next bit. Go and watch the mad woman on ‘I’m A Celeb‘ or read a book. I quite understand, I really do.
Right, here goes. Last Friday, at midday, I got a phone call and it turned out to be Shirley Blair, the editor of The People’s Friend. I met Shirley very briefly, at Swanwick last year and very nice she was too. Why is she ringing me, I thought? Then a little glimmer of hope sprang up, just before she told me I was the winner of their serial competition.
Wheeee! Actually, I thought I might cry because I was so happy.
The story I sent them (or at least, the first part and the synopsis), was something that’s been brewing in my mind for years, ever since I visited the museum at Cadbury World in Birmingham. As I’m a Brummie, born and bred, I thought it would be nice to set a story in that part of the world, so taking the chocolate factory as my inspiration, that’s what I’ve done.
But now comes the scary bit: I’ve got to write instalments two and three and I feel a bit of pressure (more than a bit!) to make them live up to the promise of instalment one! Guess what I’m going to be doing over Christmas? (With lots of chocolate for inspiration, of course!)