1. Today, I got my hair cut for the first time since DECEMBER 2020. Aagh. No, I will not post a photo but trust me, it looks better (and my head is a lot lighter).
2. I seem to have written a novel.
And this second point is the reason that I’ve been away for so long (and now it’s gone all wintery so I think I must have missed summer). Since I embarked on the third draft, I’ve spent a huge number of hours on it (I daren’t admit how many because you’ll be expecting nothing less than a Booker-prize-winning tome…!).
Anyway, I sent it to my agent on Sunday night and he has now responded to say that it’s ready to submit to publishers.
Now, let’s not get too excited. There’s many a slip twixt cup and lip, as the saying goes. There’s no guarantee that anyone will want it, for a start.
BUT (and this is a big but, deserving of capitals), whatever happens, I have finished a novel, properly, for the first time in my life and it kind of makes sense and it’s not too bad. (Will that do, for an elevator pitch? ‘It kind of makes sense and it’s not too bad’?)
I will keep you posted!
So, I am having a little rest now from this novel-writing lark because it is Hard Work.
I listened to (fabulous) novelist Clare Chambers interviewed last week and she said how much she loves reading. She compared reading and writing to hosting a wedding or being a guest at a wedding. If you’re a guest (reading!), all the hard work’s done for you and you can enjoy it. If you’re hosting the wedding (writing!) you have all the stress and the hard work. I thought that was a good analogy.
Evesham Festival of Words: 6-word story
Evesham Festival is running its ‘6-word story’ competition again and you’ve got until 31st May to submit up to 6 entries (but they must all be sent in one email and in the body of the email too).
Make sure your entry is 6 words, by the way! It might sound obvious but one entry had to be disqualified this week because the word count was wrong.
It’s free to enter and there are book token prizes. All the details are here. I have nothing to do with the judging of this one, so can’t (sadly!) be bribed.