calm after the storm

My darling readers

I had grand plans of sharing what I learnt at Emerging Writers' Festival. It will take a while to work my notes into something cohesive so for now, here is advice to hold close forever and ever.
For the rest of eternity, your story will never come again.
- Courtney Sina Meredith -
The more I write, the less time I have for blogging. While I'm not quite ready to step away from hello pollyanna, I'm re-assessing my writing goals and where to concentrate my time and effort.

Should I return to my manuscript, for example, or continue pitching and building my portfolio? Would I be better off focusing on writing prizes and fellowships? Should I keep blogging?

Neither in the 'big leagues' nor a 'beginning writer', I haven't felt I've been producing work I know I'm capable of. It's not enough to be published. I want my work to be worth sharing.

My first fiction piece since primary school (!) will be published shortly. So used to writing about myself and knowing how a story 'ends', it was challenging but I had an excellent editor who encouraged me to see what came out of the writing, rather than worrying about its message.

I'm also re-working a 'Writers' Other Jobs' piece for The Writers Bloc, following feedback from friends. I had the deadline extended to the end of July as I really want to get it right.

Finally, a couple of excellent blogs recently discovered: book-plate (literary criticism and recipes) and Extraordinary Routines (an interview project on the daily routines of creatives).

SL xo

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