This week I have been writing. After the recent disappointment of a few returned stories, I decided to pick myself, dust myself down and start all over again!
I submitted a 500 word entry to a Flash Fiction Competition and a short story to the on-going competition in 'Writers' Forum'.
Tonight, I submitted a story on the theme of 'Summer' for Issue 2 of Firewords Quarterly . It is described as 'an independent literary magazine packed full of powerful fiction and poetry - all enhanced by bold design.' I particularly like the colour illustrations and art work that accompanies the wide range of stories and poems. It is a relatively recent project that is giving a voice to new writers.
I have also returned to my novel this week and plan to look at my womag rejects with the view to editing and rewriting them over the next few days.
How can we as writers adapt our writing for the various differing remits and yet still stay true to our own style?
A short story intended for a woman's magazine is very different to one written for a literary journal or a competition entry. Even the women's magazines themselves are very different. On Susan Jane Jones's Blog this week, she interviews Wendy Clarke who explains how the style of Woman's Weekly, Take a Break Fiction Feast and The People's Friend all differ and can determine where she sends a particular story.
If you write for commercial magazines and have also been successful in winning competitions, I'd love to hear about how you approach them differently?
Thank you for reading my blog. Good luck to everyone in this coming week whether you are submitting stories to women's magazines, literary journals, competitions or continuing to write more chapters of your novel!
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