Edging Towards the Dream

4 Jul

So, it’s been a horrible year with lots of family illness (which are likely to roll on for some time) but I noticed when I last blogged that there was a big target on the screen and I was down to one month to become a proper writer. Well, drum roll, I’ve edged a little closer to my dream of being a published novelist and am now re-editing my novel after receiving comments from a sizeable agency (I’ll say no more of that just now).

I didn’t make it passed the final cut of New Writing Scotland http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/scotlit/asls/NWS32.html but three of my fellow G2 writers did – Phil Murnin, Gail Honeyman and George Craig (although George has abandoned us now). Really delighted for them and all their successes – Phil is also in receipt of a New Writers’ Award from the Scottish Book Trust http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/writing/scottish-book-trust-training-awards/new-writers-awards  and Gail was recently shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Award http://www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk/fictionprize/ . Well done to both of them for that.

Recently I won a Blankety Blank cheque book and pen (or a Moleskin notebook and Shaffer pen to be more factually accurate), from the website CreativeWriting Ink. Follow the link to read my story – Pictures on a Wall. http://creativewriting.ie/pictures-wall/ Winning this story, coming on the back of my contact with the literary agency made me think that maybe I am a proper writer now. Still can’t quite believe that, and still don’t have a printed book in my sticky fingers but it is all seeming more realistic and realizable now, despite the lemons that life continues to throw at my head – anyone got a lemonade recipe?

 

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