Last weekend my writing group had a get together.

Well, actually only two of us were able to attend, but the soon to be published Mr Craig Hallam and I met up to talk about all things writing. We’re planning another meet-up early in January where, hopefully, everyone will be able to get together and catch-up.

I always feel inspired when talking to other writers, like-minded people going through the same doubts and issues. I don’t know whether it’s the thought that other people are doing more writing than me, or just seeing them achieve the things I want, but it certainly spurs me on.

I’ve been tinkering with a short story called Adventures, one of my assignments for the Creative Writing course. It achieved my best score for fiction and my tutor made some excellent comments about how to make it stronger.

I’ve worked on it and polished it and thought I’d reached the point where it was good to go, but then I’ve been working on my novel and the blog and living on twitter, so it kept being pushed down my priorities.

Well no more delays. I’ve finished the final draft and sent it off.

Woo Hoo!

This is the first story I’ve submitted anywhere for 18 months. It’s only the fourth time I’ve submitted my work and it feels good.

Where have you sent this story? I hear you cry.

I decided to send it to the Writers’ Forum. They run a monthly competition and you can pay a little extra for a critique of your work. I subscribe to the magazine so it only cost me £8, which I’m more than happy to pay for the entry fee and some feedback on my work.

Obviously, I’m hoping it’s one of the three stories chosen for publication, but if not at least I’m going to get comments on what would have made it stronger.

It feels good. (I know. I’ve said that, but it’s worth repeating.)

I will, of course, keep you updated on what happens with my Adventures.

Thanks for reading.

About Pete Denton

I'm a writer working my way through the redrafts of a British crime novel. I also write short stories, flash fiction and some screen writing. Check out my blog for more.
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22 Responses to Adventures

  1. Best wishes for a wonderful outcome with the Writers Forum.

  2. Guilie says:

    That’s great, Pete! Congratulations on sending out the story–I’m sure it’s going to rock 🙂 Have you tried Fiction365? They’re an online mag, a different story every day (one of mine was published yesterday there), so it’s a great forum for exposure.

    Best of luck, and keep us posted 🙂

  3. Good luck! Sounds very exciting no matter what way you cut it, but it would be super if it gets published.

  4. terry6155 says:

    This is great news Pete! Congrats on getting your work back out there. Good luck in the competetion!

  5. Congratulations! I wish you the best of luck with the competition. You’re right – socialising with other writers really opens your eyes as to the possibilities of your work, it’s great fun!

  6. frasersherman says:

    Excellent. It always feels good knowing something’s out there.

  7. Good luck. Keep talkig to other writers every chance you get. It helps to ground you and makes you feel less alone.

  8. Good luck, Pete! Here’s a great list from Meghan Ward of other submission opportunities for your consideration:

  9. sandrabranum says:

    I left my writer’s group for awhile because they spent too much time asking “Are you published?” instead of “How can I help you succeed?” Now that I’ve been published online I’m ready to return and try to help other fledgling writers succeed.

    • Pete Denton says:

      The people on my writing group are very supportive and we are driving each other on to become published. It really does help when you’re all pushing in the same direction.

  10. Nick Antinozzi says:

    Hi Pete, I like your blog. I’m just wondering if you’ve heard of Smashwords? You can epublish there for free and if you follow the Smashwords Style Guide for formatting your submission, your novels and short stories will be epublished on B&N, Sony, Apple, Diesel, and a host of other sites. Once you have your covers completed and your work formatted, it only takes a few minutes to get your files downloaded and then its just a few weeks until you’re epublished. Personally, I’ll always be an Indie writer, simply because I can write what I want, when I want, and charge whatever I feel. Total control and I keep about 70% of what I sell. I also list on Amazon, but I’d suggest you go there when you know you’ve brought your best stuff. They are the big dog and their readers are pretty saavy. Maybe you already know all of this stuff, I just hate to see writer’s waiting when the tools to be published are free and open to all.

    Good luck to you!


    • Pete Denton says:

      Thanks for your comments.

      I have been on Smashwords to download someone’s ebook. It is something I will look into more when the novel is finished. I do want to try to get a conventional publishing deal, though I think it is easier to find a 37 leaf clover!

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