Thursday, 31 July 2014

Writing Spaces: Where do YOU write?

I love seeing where other writers write. Where the spend their creative time whether it be bedrooms, sheds, armchairs in the corner of living rooms, kitchen tables and sheds, they are just some of the places regularly used. Here are some of them: Mslexia have an article on their blog by carolyn Jess-Cooke here about it here: Writing Spaces: Where do YOU write?

Here's a previous post I shared on the same subject by writer Simon Whaley, back in 2012:

And one of my all time favourite writers, Roald Dahl's writing chair...

Here's my writing space this week, wish I always had seaviews, but alas, back home to the city tomorrow!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Literary Rambles: Word Counts for Children's Books

Came across this very handy and informative blog called Literary Rambles, this article is on word counts, an issue I'm often worrying over! Well worth a read and handy to refer to :)

Literary Rambles: Word Counts for Children's Books: I received a request awhile ago to do a post on word counts for different age categories in children's lit.  Since opinions vary greatly...

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Wombourne Writers: August Homework

Next month's homework for the writing group I attend. Next meeting will be Wednesday 6th August at 7.15pm :)

Wombourne Writers: August Homework: Write a poem, short piece of prose, or letter based around the following small advert - up to 500 words: Bargain Buys. Picture of Japanese s...

Friday, 18 July 2014

Dreams becoming a reality!

It's been a while since I last posted an update. Since the Whitsun holiday it's been a time of many changes, some good, some not so, and some just amazing! I've had some setbacks in many forms, including getting up to water pouring through the kitchen ceiling from the bathroom, and much worse, losing our dear cat Pasta, who had been with me for nearly 16 years.

With my furry companion gone, I have thrown myself into my writing more than ever before. And I am reaping the rewards!

I have written since I was little, and my dream all of my life was to be published. As an adult I have longed to be at a stage where I felt I could start approaching literary agents, and this year I have. Petronella Beetletwitch and the Water Pistol Bandit starting receiving feedback with rejections so I knew I was getting closer. Then an agent asked for the full manuscript, so things were definitely taking off. At this point I had only ever considered approaching Children's literary agents, but started to realise that wouldn't necessarily be the best approach considering my love of horror and crime fiction.

It was Nibfest14 that spingboarded me towards my dreams. The week long write-a-thon founded by agent Laetitia Rutherford with Watson, Little Ltd was the starting point for A Witch in Time, which then became one of 7 shortlisted entries.

This competition led me to discovering the fantastic agent Laetitia Rutherford, who has since offered me representation :D I have a feeling this is the start of a wonderful partnership that will lead to many more books!

Excited and frantically writing A Witch in Time now, which hopefully will end up in bookshops in the none too distant future. Watch this space!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Wombourne Writers: July Homework

Wombourne Writers: July Homework: July Homework - Write the dialogue between these two ladies. 500 words approx.

Homework for this month for Wombourne Writers, the fantastic writing group that I attend. It runs the first Wednesday evening of each month in Wombourne library :)