I hope you will join me on my journey to becoming a published writer and share my 'highs' and 'lows' along the way.
Looking back over the last year......
Back in January 2013, I had just completed a ten week course, Telling Tales, at the local university run by Lynne Barrett-Lee, a published author. I started to send off some of my stories for publication. Alfie Dog Fiction accepted the second one I sent and I was thrilled to see my first ever story, Sledging in Mansell's Field, available for download. I now have three other stories on the site, Moving On, And Then There Were Two... and Woven with Love. The editor, Rosemary Kind, gives helpful feedback very promptly and I have learnt a lot from her advice. The highlight of my contact with Alfie Dog came when Moving On was included in its anthology Came as 'Me', Left as 'We' which is available as a paperback as well as a download.
My fictional account of Taking Tea With Emmeline Pankhurst appeared in the July issue of Pretty Nostalgic magazine. It was great fun to write and enjoyable to research the life of such an influential woman.
During the year, I have entered various writing competitions and the nearest I've come to success was to be a runner up in the NLG Flash Fiction competition with my story The House Viewing.
So you can see from these very modest achievements, my journey has started in spite of the inevitable (so they say!) rejections I've received.
I need to set myself some goals. I think, I procrastinate, I dill-dally and dither so.........in 2014 I must WRITE,WRITE, WRITE!
Here are the goals I've set myself:
- Start a writing blog - yeah!
- Write regularly and more often
- Get at least one story published in a woman's magazine
- Get back on track with my novel and finish a first draft.
I look forward to sharing my progress with you. Any advice gratefully received!