41. To Cut A Long Story Short

The fact that my recent blog entries have turned into song titles is, I assure you, complete coincidence. They just happen to fit perfectly the subjects I am addressing.

Fresh from success in the Writer’s Digest EBook awards, I’ve decided that possibly the best way to market yourself and get your writing recognised is to put it out there for analysis, dissection and critique.

I must admit I still get a few shivers when I write that last word – critique – after the early stages of my novel writing adventure and the microscopic scrutiny that the traditionally published author Richard Blandford put my original manuscript through.

But in the end I’m pretty sure it was all worthwhile because I came up with Crossing The Whitewash, a novel which has had its fair share of 5-star reviews on Amazon, and now this honourable mention across the Pond (see earlier blog entry).

There aren’t too many competitions where they will look at your whole book and give it a forensic examination, but short stories are, well, another story.

Throughout the year there are plenty, spread across many towns and even in different countries. Having lived in Bristol for four years previous to my move back to London I had no idea, for instance, that both Bath and Bristol run short story comps.

I’ve just entered one myself, organised by the Writers & Artists Yearbook, and I know the good folk at the Triskele Collective run one themselves.

During my research though I also came across a very useful blog from a rather off-the-wall character called Christopher Fielden (pictured), who manages to fit his writing in around his day job and drumming in rock bands.

I assume he is another Bristolian, as he is part of a Stokes Croft Writers group. On his website you will find plenty of useful information about writing competitions so it is worth clicking here to visit his blog.

I’ll let you know more about my latest short story exploits when the competition results have been announced. Hopefully you will see it one way or another.


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