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Archive for October 4th, 2011

I’m currently in the middle of reading Kristen Lamb’s book ‘Are You There Blog? It’s Me, Writer‘.

Firstly, I have to recommend that all writers read Kristen’s books, the other one being ‘We Are Not Alone’ (you can read my review here).

Secondly, I have to excitedly brag that I am in it. Yay me, I’m famous! Page 24 and 25 for anyone who is interested :D

Ok, now down to business. Kristen talks about how writers have to juggle their writing with everyday life. Especially writers who already have a full time job. Their allocated writing time is squeezed in between a tuna mayo sandwich and a packet of cheese and onion crisps at lunchtime.

I am extremely lucky. Why? I’ll tell you. I am able to write full time. So, in theory, this should make my career as a writer a doddle, right?

Wrong!

Sitting at my desk all day piled on the pounds. I started having to tuck my belly in my trousers like I did my T-Shirt.

Now, I had two options.

Option A: I could go on a huge shopping spree and replace all my clothes, or

Option B: Do some exercise.

Option A was without  doubt my favorite choice. Afterall, I don’t have time to excercise……well, apart from when I run to the car. But, Option A did have a downfall. I have expensive tastes and my husband would have suffered open wallet surgery. And even I’m not that wicked :)

So, Option B it was. But now I had another problem. When could I squeeze in exercise?

My normal day is this: Get Up, Get Kids To School, Write, Collect Kids, Play Taxi to After School Activities, Return Home, Cook (my husband will argue this one), Help With Homework, Clean House (my husband will argue this one, too).

The truth is, I am on the go all day until I sit down at 8.30pm to eat my dinner. I then hold my eyelids up with match sticks and indulge in an hour of television before I crash out for the night.

No, my only choice was to get up earlier. Earlier! I must really like my clothes.

So, now I get up at 6.10am and watch the news while I pound my step machine and do a hundred crunches.

And you know what? I actually like it!

So, have you had to change your day to fit in writing? Have you had to sacrifice anything? Do you feel writing is worth it? How many hours a day do you get to spend on writing? Let me know. I love hearing your comments.

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:


Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   28th October 2011
Fees:   £15 for one entry.
Prizes:   £10,000 for first place. Also publishing contract.
Details:   For chilren’s books up to 80,000 words aimed at children aged 9-16.
Contact:   The Chicken House, 2 Palmer Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1DS
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   chickenhouse@doublecluck.com
Website:   http://www.doublecluck.com/submissions

William Richey Short Fiction Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th November 2011
Fees:   $10 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place. Also magazine publication.
Details:   For short stories up to 10,000 words.
Country:   United States
Website:   http://yemassee.submishmash.com/submit

Meridian Writing Winter Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st December 2011
Fees:   £5 for one entry.
Prizes:   £100 for first place. 2nd Place – £50, 3rd Place – £25 with firstwriter.com voucher for each winner.
Details:   Short stories wanted in any theme/genre. 3000 words max but with no lower limit. Open to new and published authors. Critique service available. See website for full submission details.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   info@meridian-writing.co.uk
Website:   http://www.meridian-writing.co.uk

Harvest the Cash Fall Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   21st October 2011
Fees:   $10 for one entry.
Prizes:   $400 for first place.
Details:   1500 Word Limit Entry fee: $10. Critique fee: $5 (optional) First prize – $400, Second prize – $150, Third prize – $50. See website for additional guidelines.
Contact:   Hamilton Writers Guild P.O. Box 1205 Hamilton, OH 45012
Country:   United States
Email:   ldswink@cinci.rr.com
Website:   http://www.hamiltonwritersguild.org

Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   15th October 2011
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £750 for first place. £500.
Details:   For fiction and nonfiction by writers aged 18-25 on the theme: Light often arises from a collision of opinions, as fire from flint and steel.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org
Website:   http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org/site/sections/news/literary_prize.html

BBC TELEVISION Opportunities

Collabor8te
Deadline: 03 October 2011
Win a budget of up to £10,000 to have your short film developed and produced.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunity/collabor8ate_2011.shtml

Newsjack
Deadline: 17 October 2011
BBC Radio 4 Extra’s topical sketch show is now open for submissions of sketches and short jokes.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunity/newsjack_2011_2.shtml

Face 2 Face with Stephen Butchard
Deadline: 18 October 2011
An opportunity to put your questions to Stephen Butchard, one of the leading screenwriters of his generation.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunity/face_to_face.shtml

Channel 4 Drama presents….4Screenwriting
Deadline: 01 November 2011
Channel 4 Drama are looking for 12 talented writers who currently have no broadcast credit.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunity/4screenwriting_2011.shtml

Immersive Writing Lab Competition
Deadline: 21 November 2011
Create a cross-platform storyworld and win a £6k development fund.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunity/immersive_writing_lab_2011.shtml

Steyning Festival Theatre Trail 2012
Deadline: 02 December 2011
Steyning Festival Theatre Trail 2012 is seeking 6 new plays from playwrights in the South East.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunity/steyning_festival_theatre_trail_2012.shtml

The BBC Writersroom Future Talent Award for Writers
Deadline: 15 December 2011
Opportunity for north-based student/recent graduate drama writers to access development opportunities and mentoring from the BBC.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunity/future_talent_award_for_writers.shtml

RWA Competitions

**The Write Stuff 2011/2012
Sponsor: Connecticut RWA
Fee: $20–30.00
Deadline: December 5, 2011
Eligibility: Non-PAN Recognized Authors
Entry: Electronic entry only. First 20 pages, no synopsis.
Categories: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Adult Mainstream Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Judges: Trained published and unpublished authors.
Final Judges: Editors & Agents TBA.
Top Prize: $100 for 1st place in each category.
FMI, http://ctrwa.org/writestuff/.

Good luck and let me know how you get on.

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