Monday, 30 December 2013

Chain Wheel

I've been asked to take part in a blog chain in which I have to answer four questions:
  1. What am I working on?
I always have several projects on the go. I like to keep my short story submissions to magazines up-to-date. I also have a children's novel which I'm submitting to various agents.
  1. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
In my women's stories I hope to bring a new angle just by having a man's outlook and sense of humour. My children's novel is an attempt to get back to old-fashioned adventure stories.
  1. Why do I write what I do?
I enjoy writing. It gives me the freedom to work for myself. Writing for magazines gives you a relatively quick turnaround time on your stories and the opportunity to try different themes – romance, crime, twist-in-the-tail etc.
  1. How does my writing process work?
This varies. Sometimes I just get an idea and work on that. On some occasions my wife has given me a challenge to make a story out of something she has seen. When the ideas dry up I have to revert to the standard creative exercises of flow writing and mind mapping.

Thanks to Wendy Clarke for inviting me to do this. Wendy is a prolific writer for The People's Friend, Take a Break and Woman's Weekly.

Carrying on the chain next Monday, January 6th will be my friend Helen Ellwood:

Helen Ellwood was born in London in 1958. She was a keen writer from an early age, winning a school poetry competition aged ten.

Helen suffers from a chronic neuromuscular disability which limits day to day life severely. She uses voice recognition software to enable her to write. 

Over the last ten years she has had two plays staged, been a member of the script writing team for two BBC funded docudramas and has had two short stories broadcast by the BBC. Helen is the co-author of Taranor, a fantasy trilogy for young adults of all ages.

Her latest book, an autobiographical account of her time spent on an uninhabited desert island in the South Seas in the late 80's, is currently being read by a literary agent.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

National Competition

Nottingham Writers' Club have announced their inaugural Short Story Competition 2014.

Nottingham Writers' Club has run thousands of competitions for its members since it was established in 1927; from prose to poetry in a wide range of genres and styles, our competitions have been judged by both published, and well-known, writers.

There will be three main prizes - £200, £100 and £50 – plus twelve extra prizes generously donated by Random House, Tesco and Morrison's.

The theme of the competition is 'Emotion', the story (up to 2,000 words) can be written in any genre and your characters don't even have to be human. We chose this theme because, at the heart of all good stories are the characters and the emotions that drive them. There are plenty to choose from including love, hate, envy, jealousy, frustration, despair, fear, terror, horror, resentment, sorrow. Make your reader feel the emotions…

This competition is for non-professional writers only, as we want to encourage as many new and less experienced writers to enter.

All writers will retain the copyright to their entry/entries and the winners will be published on the NWC website.

Closing date 31st January 2014.