Remember last time I mentioned ‘750words’?
Amazingly, I have completed my 750 words (which only takes me 11 minutes! I am a speedy typist) every day since then – that’s 8 consecutive days – and I’ve earned a turkey (or something like that) and a penguin badge. I’ll give you a proper update when I get to the end of the month’s trial!
The new series of Line of Duty starts tonight. Hurrah. That’s made me very happy because that’s one TV programme that I cannot miss.
Now, I still can’t mention my judging/reading role in the Evesham Festival of Words’ short story competition, as the longlist hasn’t even been announced yet but another competition has recently announced its results and I am at liberty to talk about that!
The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook short story competition, which attracted around 1,000 entries (eek!) has announced its winner and 2 runners-up and the winning story ‘How To Draw A Boy’ by Lamorna Peoples, is on the website.
Not only is it a really original story but it has a great title too, a title that draws you in (no pun intended!). And that’s something (I think I’m allowed to say this!) that I noticed about the stories I was judging for Evesham: most of them had pretty dull titles. Most consisted of just one or two words and it was clear that little thought had gone into them.
Does it really matter? Isn’t it all about the story? Well, a good title could be the thing that gives your story one or two points more than another in a competition. It could make the difference between being short- or longlisted, or not making the cut. So it’s worth spending a little time, thinking of a good title.
You can read the winning story here. I think it’s stunning. I’m not surprised it won. But tell me what you think!