Tuesday, 30 April 2013
My husband is mad about tennis so I often have to resort to similes to explain my position.
Cooking the dinner is like tennis, you have to peel a few carrots to... Bringing in the clothes off the line is like tennis...
Strangely enough he always listens when I mention the word.
Tonight I realised that writing is like tennis. You work on your forehand, your backhand, your service. You warm up. You learn how to keep the score. Then you put it all together to play a match and it can be surprising how it all comes together.
Tonight I played my first real tennis match and won! (I filled in for the A-team a couple of weeks ago and lost badly, but I don't count that.)
The hardest part was actually deciding to put my name down for the competition but now I'm glad I did.
It's easy to work on the craft of writing and let the years roll by. It's easy to read the how-to books, analyse, edit. But it's a big step to actually send off that first query. I was planning to send it out in January, then February, then March. I can't believe April has come and gone and I still haven't managed to submit. But I will. In May. Am excited and petrified at the same time.
Sunday, 14 April 2013
Great news this week:
*Must ask my two friends on Twitter...
Edited to add:
My story didn't make the top 3 in the Writers&Artists (Bloomsbury) competition but am still very pleased to have made the shortlist. Congatulations to the winners.
Monday, 8 April 2013
Not only do you need to have a perfect query letter, synopsis and sample pages (backed up by a perfect manuscript), you also need to query the right agent at the right time.
Which is why I'd like to offer my congratulations to my sister Paula* (find her here at ViewReview) on finding an agent and hope it leads to the publication of her first novel very soon.
Writer Nathan Bransford had these Wise words to say about finding an agent:
There are many ways of going about this, and, believe it or not, none of them involve telling an agent they're a cutiepatootie.
Monday, 1 April 2013
Time for an update on my Spanish learning