Wednesday, 3 April 2013

That time already?

It's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group post.

So, at the end of my first month as a full time writer do I have masses of success to report? Ummm, let's move swiftly on to the competitions, shall we?

This competition is ideal for anyone feeling insecure about their writing as what's wanted is something really bad. (I tried last year, but apparently my worst isn't terrible enough, which I suppose I should be happy about.)

Can you write about wildlife or travel? If so, this might be of interest. The prizes are jolly interesting.

Here's a short story competition with the chance to win an £11 Amazon voucher (you could buy all my ebooks for that!) You only need write 250 words and there are two categories - for new and not so new writers.

This competition offers a prize including chocolate, book tokens, a mug and a pen. It's hard to think of a better selection of goodies to entice the average writer to get working ... or is it? What would you most like to win?

44 comments:

  1. Chocolate prizes? Always worth a try.

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  2. Lol. When I switched from my Mon-Fri, 9-3 job to working 15 hours a week, it took me about 6 months to realise that I wasn't on holiday and I should really get myself into a routine. It's a big change, so don't expect to pour out 3 novels in the next 3 months!! (Although, if you do, well done!)

    Annalisa Crawford, One of April's IWSG Co-Hosts

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    1. Yes, I do need to remember that writing is my job now.

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  3. If you've been yomping camera equipment around the place you haven't truly been a full-time writer, so give it another month at least! I find there's nothing like having plenty of time to write to stop me writing at all... Thanks for your comment on my blog - and I think you're right - I do need a little time to fiddle otherwise it bugs me too much.

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    1. You're right, Linda in that knowing I have time makes it easier to put things off. I have been busy, just not always busy writing.

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  4. There are some interesting competitions here, Patsy. I fancy trying my hand at travel writitg.P.S I have relaxed a little recently and now fit my writing around the other things I do rather than the other way round - this way I have 'bursts of writing' as and when, which works better than long stretches of writing time. I actually find I produce more this way.

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    1. I guess it's just a case of finding what works best for me, Wendy. Good luck with the competitions.

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  5. What a lovely bumper lot of competitions, Patsy - thank you - I'm particularly drawn to chocolate, mainly because I've eaten all mine and I need more (just wish I could write poetry!) :-) x

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    1. I can't write poetry, Teresa but I'm not going to let that stop me having a go!

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  6. Interesting competitions. All the best with your writing!

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  7. Just give it a little time--even more success will come your way. :)

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  8. Ooh, insecure and entering competitions. Is that an oxymoron? Good luck.
    Karen

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    1. Having a go at competitions doesn't make me nervous, Karen. Maybe it's because I don't seriously expect to win so I'm not too disappointed when I don't?

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  9. I may have to check out that last one. Such lovely prizes. :) Thanks for the links, Patsy!

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    1. Step away - that chocolate's mine I tell you! Just kidding - go for it.

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  10. Chocolates will make my day, but I never ever win them :(

    Visiting from the IWSG.

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    1. You're right, Alex. One month's results don't prove anything much.

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  12. Thanks for the information and the link, Patsy!

    Success will come, all the best!

    Nas

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  13. So often, the advice "It's a marathon, not a sprint" seems pertinent! Best of luck with month number 2, and 3, and 4, and...

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    1. That certainly is something to keep in mind, Pauline. Thanks.

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  14. Gotta like a competition that offers chocolate for a prize.

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    1. I think that one is going to be very popular!

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  15. Have you found, that now you have more time to write, you write less? ;)

    xx

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    1. I don't think I'm writing less, but I'm certainly not writing for an extra eight hours a day.

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  16. I like contests that offer books or Amazon gift cards. By the time chocolate gets to Texas it's melted goo.

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    1. Something unmeltable needed for you then, Carol.

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  17. Hi Patsy thanks for the links, I'm having a go at Helen's but my poetry is a bit more of the cheesy kind than chocolatey but I'm going to have a go all the same.

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  18. Thanks, Patsy. There looks like there's lots to keep me interested here. And one day I will win a competition. This I vow.

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  19. I did leave a comment yesterday but my Internet connection was off and on again so it didn't get through! Love the chocolate comp.

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  20. I like the contest where the prizes are chocolate and things - that's so much more interesting and fun than just money. (Though I don't think anyone would agree with me...)

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    1. I like those too, Lexa (not that I'd be against winning cash)

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  21. Talking about writing poetry, have you read Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled? Poetry has always puzzled me but this book explains everything from the very beginning, and SF is so funny, and nicely naughty!

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    1. I haven't read it, Maggie. Will take a look.

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  22. I think you've done rather well overall. Three novels and a short story anthology published and lots of short stories. That's a terrific record.

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    1. Put like that it doesn't sound too bad! Thank you.

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