Sunday, 10 July 2011

Back Down To Earth

Well, I didn't win the 2 nights at a Best Western Hotel. (See previous post). I didn't get anywhere in the latest Nottingham Writers' Club competition either. After the successes of the last few months I've been brought back to reality. I know I shouldn't be greedy and you can't win 'em all but I still felt a bit down. I suppose it's a good thing really. It was getting so I could hardly get my head through the door. And then a wonderful thing happened.

On Friday, out of the blue, I received an e-mail from one of the ladies at NWC. She hadn't had a chance to speak to me at Wednesday's meeting but wanted to let me know how much she had enjoyed my winning short story from the Winter competition. (See 28th May post below). Not only did she commend me on my content and structure she thought my punctuation was spot on too.

It's nice to win cups and prizes but, after all, they are just a measure of what others think of our work. That e-mail was worth several trophies to me. The fact that she had taken the trouble to write in detail about my effort gave me a big boost. Like most of you, I write to entertain other people. It's good to know I'm achieving my aim.


  1. I totally agree. From time to time, I receive emails from total strangers who have enjoyed my books, and it makes it all worthwhile. As for the disappointments, that's writing, isnt' it! Ups and downs...upas and downs...

    Keep going!

  2. That's brilliant, Keith - it's so nice when someone takes the time and trouble to write. That's what it's all about isn't it.

  3. That's nice. We all like to know our efforts are appreciated.

  4. You're a valued and talented member at NWC. It's great that we can learn from, and support each other.....and you pipped me to the post in the verse of the year comp!!! : )

  5. Thanks for all your comments. I just wanted to share this lady's kindness. It just shows what a great bunch the writing community is.

    I actually voted for your verse, Angela.

  6. Hello. I just came over here from Jarmara's blog and was delighted to see you're based in Nottingham (I work in Nottingham) and that you are a member of two local writing clubs.

    I've been thinking about joining a writers' club for a while but couldn't find anything at the right time of day (Most clubs seem to think fiction writers don't have dayjobs - but something has to pay the bills!)

    It would be great if I could have some details of where they meet and when.

  7. Welcome, AJ. A few of the other bloggers here are NWC members.

    NWC meet every other Wednesday at The Mechanics, Nottingham. Next meeting is July 20th 7.15pm. £1.50 for non-members.

    Trowell Writers meet every other Monday at 26, Derbyshire Avenue, Trowell. Next meeting is July 18th 7.30pm. £1.50 per meeting.

    If you want more details/directions you can e-mail me. Address is on my profile page.

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  9. Well that's convenient since I work very close to the Mechanics. I might just come and see what it's like next Wednesday. I'll email you. Thanks!

  10. I agree with you about cups and prizes. I think I would rather have an encouraging email or a letter, especially out of the blue. Don't get me wrong; I love coming first and winning prizes and I don't think disappointment or feeling down ever goes away, but if your prize needs dusting or polishing, I'd flog it if I were you. Emails, out of the blue or not, need niether dusting nor polishing and can give a tremendous boost to the low spirited or disappointed.

  11. Thanks for your comment too, Rosamund. Sorry for the delayed reply. I've been away for a couple of days.