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This week - June 12th 2017
Category: Site News
Tags: Writers Abroad News

 

This Week on WA

 

Another active week for members of WA.

 

Diane has posted a thought provoking blog leading into three main elements of a novel to give the reader the stuff that really matters. Well worth a read.

 

This week’s muses are up and shining thanks to Nicola. The first line prompts look extremely appetizing.

 

June's challenges and opportunities is peppered with places to send our work, some with deadlines of less than a month from now. As I continue with my judging of the Hysteria comp. (poetry category), I am more and more aware of the benefits of getting work submitted early rather than squeaking in at the last minute.

 

Chris N and I have both submitted three flashes each to Bath Flash Fiction Award. Winners will be announced at the FF Festival June 24/25. So they are very speedy.

 

Talking of super speed - Alyson got a first in Morgen Bailey's 100-worder comp with a marvellous tale called Superman and Laura got a third with her terrific 100-worder Speed Reading. I think you'll find them here. https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/results-of-morgens-100-word-competition-may-2017/#more-42745

 

Angela is over the moon (and so are all of us) at being accepted on Mslexia’s Online course. We are all looking forward to hearing all about it.

 

Nonsensically Challenged is now out and available for purchase. We do have some contributors. Lesley is behind the project. And if my memory serves me right - it all sprang from a Monday Muse last year...

 

Again our Ad Hoc submissions were accepted - five of us in this week's e-book.

 

I have now received my print copy of ArtAscent, the Orange themed issue. Both Bieke and I have poetry contributions. There is supposed to be a link to share the digital issue with friends and family - but I’m still looking for the right button! 

 

In other news: many members have now shared their five-year vision on the thread Our Writing Vision. Strong brave intentions from strong brave writers.  Members also have work posted that looks for feedback - not always posted in the WIP thread. Some under the MM and some under the month’s challenges. So if, by the time you check the site, the homepage side bar has slipped to something else, it is worth checking the forums for newish posts. It is a shame to miss some of the cracking work being posted.

 

The poetry project is limping. Maybe because it is a monthly thing. It was hoped that poetry would become a discussion topic, not an assignment/writing project. Any ideas for livening it up would be appreciated.

 

And I almost forgot. My interview with Hysteria went live this week. https://www.hysteriauk.co.uk/2017/06/06/an-interview-with-sue-borgersen-poetry-category-judge-for-hysteria-2017/ is the link. It made me laugh when I read it. WA gets mentioned - as do our anthologies and magazines, plus Jo's All Will be Well is noted as 'the novel I am reading right now'.

 

I think that is it - please forgive me if I have forgotten anything.

Why do we doubt ourselves? Tags: author readings author responsibilities Ad Hoc Morgen Bailey

photo credit V. Conrad

 

I was all set to write a blog about the benefits of reading our work in public. Note the pic of me seriously reading Love on a Wednesday Afternoon, the one about the bouncy 4-poster bed and the trombone lessons, from my Ad Hoc collection to an appreciative coffeehouse gathering recently.

 

But then this topic drizzled out of a couple of our recent blog posts - and it won’t give up:

 

Why do we doubt ourselves?

 

You made the resolution this year to just keep sending your writing out - and to keep track of what you’ve sent where and when to expect results. Many of these lit-mag-comps only tell you if you’ve been placed - so when results day arrives, you trawl the sites to read long lists, short lists, and finally the selected work. To find that you’re not there.

 

You swallow hard, tell yourself you can’t win them all - but you ‘tip-toe’ away from the websites thinking - ‘again - not good enough’ and it can leave you with a feeling of giving up, doing something completely different, stop banging your head against quite a high brick wall. Consider signing up for donkey rearing for beginners instead.

 

Because standards change. You want the standards to be high. You don’t want it, ever, to be a piece of cake. But you work so hard at the writing game and you begin to wonder if you are ‘edgy’ enough. If you should break more grammatical rules, chop your well-constructed sentences into fragments, forget about well-place commas, and if you should write more about the current world problems. e.g. The annual Canada Reads CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Awards novel contenders this year needed to be books that ‘Canadians need to read now’ - in other words, novels that centre around current issues, immigration, the environment, world peace (or torment), politics, etc and so forth. A little dictatorial on the part of the CBC - in your honest opinion. http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads

 

None are novels that you are desperate to read - for those reasons above. You can explore those issues via other means. Can’t you? For you, isn’t a novel a means for you to lose yourself, travel to another world? It is fiction. After all. (please note the chopped unstructured sentences here.)

 

So, you ask, is this the reason your work does not hit the mark right now? Are you too fictitious, or do you dwell too much in another era, when dialogue was different, when street talk was polite and grammatically correct?

 

You have, this past week, been in correspondence with a British TV producer regarding a shocking storyline on Coronation Street (always known for its quality writing.) You received a reply telling you that the drama uses ‘real life’ situations that people can relate to. You tell them that their writers should be fired for total lack of insensitivity and that cancer is no joke. The upset this story line caused btw was all over the UK tabloids that week. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4369954/Coronation-Street-fans-slam-Sally-Webster-storyline.html

 

Writing is a responsibility for sure; your dilemma is this - do you want to be published and to hell with the consequences? Or do you take your responsibility more seriously?

 

Footnote - after writing this, your sweet little greyhound story was placed 3rd in the 100-word comp run by Morgen Bailey - so maybe, just maybe, all is not lost.

 

https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/results-of-morgens-100-word-competition-march-2017/

 

And this is Nelly (RIP old gal), who never won a race and inspired the story. 

This Week on Writers Abroad
Category: Site News
Tags: writing group news

Writers Abroad has had an action packed and exciting week.

 

First, a whole raft of Successes and Achievements:

 

Alyson’s Writing Magazine winning story, Last Summer, is impressively in April’s issue. The prize is a place at the Iceland Writers Retreat and we will all look forward to hearing about her experiences when she gets back 

 

Jo’s (writing as Louise Charles) book All Will be Well is now O.U.T. you can grab a copy here on Amazon I'm already part way through my kindle copy and loving every syllable.

 

Nicola’s (writing as Nina Croft) new one, Falling for the Bad Girl is now released and here for your enjoyment again on Amazon

 

Ad Hoc - three of us in this week’s e-book: Laura, Chris N and yours truly (my 53rd week without a break) the prompt word is ‘mint’ so you have until midnight UK time Tuesday to submit a 150-worder. Bath is turning out to be inspirational for me, after receiving my copy of To Carry Her Home, Vol. 1 Bath Flash Fiction, I blogged about how it made me feel, and tweeted the link. Bath have been writing to me... what more can I say?

 

Now, more about last Sunday's meeting:

 

I know Jo already covered this in last week’s this week, but the minutes are now posted, for all to catch up. In the main the subject of the WA Mag was discussed, so slots are now filling up. Deadline April 1st.

 

Still on the topic of the mag; it looks like things are hot to trot with authors’ interviews for this and the next issue. Well done Lesley and Angela for beavering away on that. It’s all looking very exciting.

 

Blog - Dianne has posted the blog this week - Managing Your Social Media - lots of food for thought there, and we all know how it can run away with our time

 

Monday Muse for this week is posted by Nicola - with delish words to inspire and a very appropriate image of 4 leafed clovers...

 

Much going on in Works in Progress, take a gander - enjoy the read. And consider this, many of these works are the beginnings of wondrous things, what an opportunity it is for members to read (and help) seeds of work grow and become successful.

 

And the March Writing Challenges Opportunities forum is up and running. The more you do, the more you can do...

 

 

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