FAIRYTALES WITH BITE
In When In Doubt, I suggest some things you can do if you are in doubt about characters, your plot, and/or writing competitions. Hope the tips help. Re the writing competitions, I also give some pointers as to what to look for especially if the fee seems to be steep. Sometimes this is genuine. You would expect to pay more for a novel competition as you are paying the judges’ for their time in reading your book. Golden Rule: always check it out and if in doubt ask other writers, writing organizations like the Society of Authors and see what reports there are about the competition on the net.
THIS WORLD AND OTHERS
Murphy’s Law for Writers looks at how the infamous Law, which says if anything can go wrong it will, applies to writers. I look at writing conferences, powercuts and deadlines amongst other things. For example when it comes to powercuts, Murphy’s Law would be:-
Powercuts: Never happen at a convenient time for anyone. Yours will happen just as you were about to save a mammoth writing session. You will lose it and have to redo it. (This will only happen the once though as after that you will become paranoid about it happening again and will be selecting back up options every five minutes!).
Can you think of anything to add?
I look at three letter acronyms for writers tonight. For example, FBP = Forgot Backup, Powercut. Yes, there’s a theme tonight! Always back up work frequently. I once lost a whole evening’s work when I forgot to do this and a power cut hit. Never again (I can’t stop the power cuts but I can back up!).