Another week has gone by and here we are again! Greetings from a beautiful day in London – the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the road outside is being resurfaced! 🙂
Enough about me, on to some encouragement . . . I have already mentioned that one of our former Write for a Reason students, Lucy, won first prize in a writing competition recently. It’s called “Mrs Zebedee’s Fish Stall”. I think you can guess what it’s about! 🙂
The story will be published in the autumn edition of the Association of Christian Writers magazine, so we can’t print it here yet . . . but I did ask Lucy if she would be kind enough to offer her three top tips for you if you are thinking of entering a competition. Lucy suggests:
1. Understand the rubrics of the competition and what they are asking for;
2. Know your subject well and try to pick up on an element not everyone else will be thinking of;
3. Try and have a strong ending. And a strong middle. And a clever beginning. And then unwrap it the best way you can.
What do you think? Lucy is an enthusiastic supporter of the course – if you have a few hours to give to your writing in the next few weeks, why not consider joining? There’s no time like the present; the next Write for a Reason course starts next Monday! We will be looking at beginnings and endings, dialogue, creating engaging characters, plotting and planning and lots more. You can read more here. Do consider joining if you want to reach a wider audience with your writing – you never know where it might lead! Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.