Saturday, 8 June 2013

A Slightly Late Friday Round Up

Yeah, yeah, I know, it's Saturday here in Australia, but it just seems wrong to have a Saturday round up. So you'll just have to live with a very late Friday round up. Think of it like you are in another country which lags behind the rest of the globe (maybe on a bit of string) so it is always more than 24 hour behind.

Anyway...what's happened out in the world this week?

Sun, Sun Go Away...
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Well, I don't really know, as I've been sick in bed (yeah, great for all you Americans talking about the arrival of summer, but some of us are heading into flue season). However, here are some of the great things from the Interwebs.


The Writer's Digest writing competition is open again but closing in a week, final deadline 14th June.

What makes it so interesting? Check out these prizes:

  • NEW-An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest
  • A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino
  • A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest eBooks
  • A chance to win $3,000 in cash
  • Get national exposure for your work
  • One on one attention with four editors or agents
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City!
 And last of all, more practice and exposure! 

Need Some Help?

The Huffington Post gives you the anatomy of a query letter, a useful breakdown of the important elements of a query letter. Having trouble in your first drafts? Take a break and practice writing the query letter for it, you will find that it helps you sought out some of your overarching ideas about the story.

To Make You Think:

As you know, I'm battling with my job and trying to find time to write. Therefore, this article really stood out to me: 10 Reasons Why 2013 Will Be The Year To Quit Your Job
It is aimed at the American market, but I think it pretty much holds true for more people than would like to admit it. It's not specifically for writers, but it includes us. 

Just For Fun:
Highly recommend the New Yorker's 8 simple rulers for being a writer, it will set you straight on a lot of things you thought you understood (such as making your characters three dimensionally, obviously it was talking about height, width and depth).  

Well, that's it for another week. Have fun!

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