Another On-Line Column from My Personal Website


A quick NaNoWriMo update: I am still on target but as we’re not even half way through November yet, there’s plenty of time for it all to go terribly wrong!

Yesterday, I didn’t know what to write. Yes, I was stuck. So, I set out to write 1677 (the daily target) words on the weather (the weather in my novel, I hasten to add, not just what it was doing outside).

But after a couple of lines about the rain and cold (hmm, which actually was what it was doing outside. Funny, that), I got an idea, so I was off, into a whole scene that had nothing to do with the weather at all.

If you’re doing NaNo, how’s it going? If you’re feel like you’re flagging – like I did yesterday – there are lots of ‘pep talks’ on the website to gee you up!


Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook (x 2)

Do you write for children or young adults? The lovely people at the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook are running a free competition on their website for unpublished writers of children’s MG and YA fiction. (Apparently, MG – Middle-grade fiction = books written for readers between the ages of 8 and 12, while YA – young adult – = books written for readers roughly between the ages of 12 and 18).

NB: They’re NOT looking for picture books (but there may be something coming soon, so keep an eye on the website).

All the details are here and you’ve got until midnight on 9th December to submit your entry. Good luck!

If writing for children’s not your thing, don’t despair: the Writers’ & Artists’ annual (free) short story competition is still open to entries until 13th February 2020. Scroll down a bit on this page and you’ll see all the information about it.

Evesham Festival of Words

And talking of competitions, once again I am a ‘reader’ for the Evesham Festival of Words Short Story competition, which has just been launched for 2020 and has a closing date of 20th March.

It’s not free – entry is £5 – but sometimes (turning a negative into a positive, now), when your hard-earned cash is involved, I think it makes you work harder on your entry. First prize is £150 plus trophy and there are cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place too.

Three particularly fabulous things about the Evesham competition (yes, I am biased):

1. The writers of all 10 shortlisted entries are invited to the awards night in June and will have the opportunity to meet the special writer guest (we haven’t announced who that’ll be yet but in the past we’ve had Katie Fforde, Prue Leith and Mike Gayle).

2. We also run a junior short story competition which is FREE to enter.

3. If you win or are placed, you have the option of having your story published on the website, or not. In other words, unlike many other competitions that publish not only the winners but often the shortlisted stories too, you are free to do something else with that story, if you so wish.

All the details are here.

Go on an ‘Artist’s Date’ (for free!)

You know how I witter on sometimes about ‘Artists’ Dates’?

Well, if you buy a lottery ticket or scratch card (so it’s not completely free, obviously), between 23 and 30 November, there are lots of lovely places you can visit for free – or at a reduced rate – thanks to the National Lottery.

Some National Trust properties are taking part, for example, so you could save yourself quite a bit (some NT properties cost over £20 to get in!).

Have a look at what’s on offer by putting in your postcode and let me know if you head off anywhere on an Artist’s Date (don’t forget your lottery ticket!)

Knobbly Monsters

And finally, do you know what a ‘knobbly monster’ is? (Sounds a bit rude but honestly, it’s not). And yes, it IS to do with writing! In fact, the title of this blog post is an attempt at one. Clumsy and a bit stupid-sounding? Yep, that’s right!

I didn’t know what a Knobbly Monster was and neither did fellow on-line columnist of a personal website, Alex Gazzola, until recently. Read what he’s got to say about it here and all will be revealed!

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2 Responses to Another On-Line Column from My Personal Website

  1. Wendy Clarke says:

    I laughed at the term ‘Nobbly Monster’. I suspect the first draft of my next novel is full of them (goes off to check). Good luck with NaNo, Helen.

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