Writer Wednesday: Finish That

Last week I urged you to send things off, to brave the market and try your chances. Some of you have not done that — in fact, some of you may never do that, because you have trouble letting go of a story. Are you an inveterate tinkerer? I know some people who have been…

Writer Wednesday: Submit Your Work

Writing is important; just as important is exposing your work to light. The act of writing is an end in itself: it releases the natural creativity we all have. I always say that I never know how I feel about something until I’ve written about it. Writing organises your thought. But it need not be…

Writer Wednesday: Feed Your Head

While idling in London, as you do, I decided to catch the much ballyhooed “David Bowie is” exhibit at the V&A. I knew a few people who’d gone and perhaps more importantly, I knew a few people who wouldn’t have the opportunity to go, so I wanted to share the wealth, so to speak. I…

Writer Wednesday: Postcard Fiction Winners!

I’m happy to announce the results of the 2013 Postcard Fiction Contest, images of the winning entries above. My grateful thanks to everyone who sent in a postcard. I’ll just copy the stories here. Second runner up with “The Right Time” on a WTC postcard is John Williams-Searle: The Right Time When the elevator stopped…

Writer Wednesday: Postcard Fiction Contest Closed!

Today’s the last day of the postcard fiction contest. I’ll give it a couple of days to allow for the vagaries of postal delivery. Then I’ll assess the entries and choose a winner for the $25 prize. I’ll reveal the results next Wednesday, so you don’t have to wait too long. I think it’s fun…

Writer Wednesday: Book Apocalypse?

“Won’t somebody please think of the children?!” I couldn’t resist quoting Helen Lovejoy; partly because it’s also the title of my latest publication to appear in the mail (yay) but also because of this bizarre advertisement James Patterson placed in the New York Times Book Review and Publishers Weekly recently. First, with all the money…

Writer Wednesday: Priorities

What really matters most? Whether you think about it consciously or not, you’re always making choices. What matters most to you may vary from moment to moment throughout your day. You may not realise it all the time, but you’re ranking everything that comes your way, often in a casual way and frequently without much…

Writer Wednesday: Writing in the Digital Age

Midway through a hectic week — I want to write up the fabulous time I had on Monday at the Arts Center, but I need to work on my presentation for tonight’s gig: Social Media & Writers in the Digital Age with K. A. Laity 7pm Albany Public Library, Main Branch Auditorium Wonder how social…

Writer Wednesday: A Sense of Wonder

Some days are a lot harder than others. In the midst of even more bad news that Iain Banks is terminally ill and after the unexpected death of Rick Hautala last week, so many writers I know are simply reeling lately. Friends mourn of course, but readers who never met them anywhere except between the…

Writer Wednesday: Postcard Fiction Contest 2013

An inspiration I had last year and I repeat it now: a contest to celebrate brevity in fiction. Write a story that fits on a postcard! Send it to me. I’ll choose my favourite and give it a prize — let’s say $25. Entries open now until 1st May, 2013. All postcards I have received…