Anyway, let’s not dwell on that now but remain bright and breezy and PERKY!
Here are some distractions and nice things that you might like to read or do:
1. Free Novel-Writing Course
Amanda Reynolds, who writes psychological thrillers and is always very generous with her time and support for other writers, is offering a free novel writing course via her blog, to include practical exercises, tips and advice. The first part is on there now.
And so is the second. Here.
2. Evesham Festival of Words competition
Like many festivals, Evesham has already cancelled and postponed some events and will no doubt have to cancel many more BUT the short story competition is unaffected. Hurrah! And there are just 2 days to get your entry in. Closing date is Friday 20th March (at midnight GMT). The adult category costs £5 to enter but it’s free for children. All the details are here.
3. Get Thee to a Gallery!
If, like many of us, you’re stuck at home, you can go on a virtual tour of some lovely museums and galleries without leaving your armchair, by clicking on here.
4. Writing In Isolation
Writing magazine has an interesting post about how to survive writing in isolation:
5. Future Learn Courses
I’ve never tried them myself but lots of people swear by the FREE courses available on ‘Future Learn’ – have a look here and report back if you try one, won’t you?
I was recently lucky enough to win a critique from Morgen Bailey in a Twitter competition and she’s given me some fabulous feedback on a story that has never quite managed to make the grade (despite my sending it to lots of competitions and thinking it’s not a bad story!).
7. The Spectator magazine runs a writing competiton on a weekly (I think) basis. Often, anyway. You can usually find them on the Spectator website. The latest one – which is free to enter – is as follows:
No. 3142: with added spice
You are invited to submit a review from Tripadvisor spiced up by a number of misprints. Please email entries of up to 150 words to email@example.com by midday on 25 March.
And if you want to get out of the house (while practising ‘social distancing’, of course), the National Trust put a nice little message on their Twitter feed yesterday: “We are aiming to open many of our gardens and parks for free during this difficult time, so the nation can use open spaces to relax and refresh, while following the government’s social distancing guidance.”
So keep an eye on the NT website for more information on that. (But note that houses, cafes and shops will all be shut).
That’s all for now, folks. But I will be back soon with a new random word competition!