The Way?

I’m on the last leg of The Writers’ Road Map: only four more steps stand in the way of my earning a living as a writer, the Jeff Goins way.  So, in the words of Jeremy Paxman*, ‘let’s just get on with it, shall we?’ Step 9 is to get a thousand subscribers. I think […]

Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #3

Two new magazines and a competition – get writing! 404 Ink is relaunching its magazine 404 with new project officer Imogen Stirling, and is looking for submissions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry on the theme Space. This what they say about that: Issue 5 will be released in July 2019 and will be based on […]

Story-A-Week #3 What She Doesn’t Like

A couple of weeks ago I overheard a woman telling another woman everything she didn’t like about the menu they were looking at in the window of a café. Some days later I read a few stories in Lydia Davis’s Varieties of Disturbance. Last Monday I had to outline my story for the Story-A-Week Challenge. […]

Off The Map: A Writer’s Stumble

Still on Jeff Goins’s Writers’ Road Map, the next step, the seventh, in his twelve step plan is to get 100 subscribers. Why? He sold, he says, fifteen thousand copies of a recent book ‘thanks to email.’ And goes on: As a writer, I get more “mileage” out of my newsletter than any other platform, […]

Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #2

Two awards from Moniack Mhor for those who would like to take these courses but find the cost prohibitive: Two Roads Award This what they say about it (click on the link for more details and to enter): This new award aims to support the development of two talented emerging writers of Fiction and Non-Fiction […]

Story-a-Week #2: El Capitan

Christmas et al rather got in the way of the Short Story a Week challenge and it’s taken me some effort to return to it. I actually began this one the week after the last one, as per the rules, but then everything went to festive hell and I abandoned it, thinking at least I’ll […]

Curious-Authentic: a Manifesto

Just as last year was beginning to close its eyes for the last time, in exploratory artistic project mode, I decided to (attempt) to follow: Thus, I have clarified my world view, and picked my platform personality, (steps one and two) and as I’d already started a blog etc (steps three and four), and have […]

Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #1

Originally posted on ShortStops:
Word Factory Apprentice Award Application The National Mentoring Scheme For Short Story Writers We are seeking four emerging short story writers to be individually mentored by leading authors for FREE as part of our renowned Word Factory Apprentice Award running from July 2019-March 2020. The chosen writers will be talented, supportive…

On Being a Curious Authentic Artist

Last week I told of how I stumbled on Jeff Goins’s Writer’s Road Map, and decided to try and follow his 12 step plan to earning a living as a writer. The first two steps saw me ‘clarify [my] worldview,’ and decide upon my ‘platform personality’ from a list of five he provides. Thus I […]

Story-a-Week: #1 Maggie’s Chairs

Having decided to try the Story-a-Week challenge, and write each week’s offering about a different character from the novel I’m currently working on, I sat down last Monday to decide which one. That was the easy bit. I chose Ellie, a particular favourite. The hard bit was trying to visualise her in a different context. […]