It's spring, my favourite season, and the garden is looking lovely. The lockdown restrictions in the UK are starting to ease and I, and many of my friends and family have had their first vaccination. I've got a new book coming out this month. The audio version of Escape To The Country has been recorded and sounds really good. And it's Insecure Writer's Support Group day!
Free entry writing competitionsErewash romance
competition. You can enter a short story or poem, or both. There's a small cash prize, plus publication. There are other competitions listed on the website.
For this competition you're asked to explain why you love your favourite book, poem or play. You can do that in up to 750 words, or via a short video. There are several categories with a £300 first prize in each.
This poetry competition is only for those aged 11 to 17. Apparently the prizes are 'amazing'.
This month's IWSG question is, "Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?"
My answer – I don't make a point of it, but it happens. If I come up with an idea I'd like to write I wouldn't shy away from it just because it was potentially controversial, and if I felt a story would work best written in a less usual format then that's how I'd write it.
Most of my short stories and novels could be described as nice, cosy
and cheerful. They generally start at the beginning, go on to the end and look like a typical story on the page. But I've written and sold stories which don't. I've used second person, unusual layouts and non linear timelines. I don't do that for effect, but because it feels the right way to tell that particular story.
My published works include topics such as racism and homophobia. I've created transgender characters, and gay ones and those with mental or physical disabilities and illnesses
How about you? Do you take risks in your writing?
If you've submitted work to The People's Friend and not yet had a reply, you can find out why here. And here's detailed info on their requirements for the annual.
I have a story in the current issue of Swedish magazine Allas – and it's nicely purple!
In May I'm presenting a workshop titled Creating and Developing Fiction Writing Ideas. It will be on Zoom, so you can take part from anywhere.
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