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.
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.