I received some amazing news yesterday: I just successfully completed my Master’s in Writing. I’m done. I’m finished. I’m now – I’ll indulge myself for a moment – a Master of Arts. Fancy, no?
There are a lot of writing contests out there. Many of them seem to be merely there to collect money from hopeful authors. There is quite a number of competitions, though, that can truly make a difference for your career. Plus: they are fun to participate in. I recently discovered one I’m eager to participate in myself: the Writers of the Future contest.
A few weeks back I handed in a 100-word story to a writing contest. A hundred words. That is one crazy number. How can you tell anything in 100 words? I just gave it a shot and it turned out pretty good. Along the way I noticed a few interesting things and learned more afterwards as flash fiction is quite an interesting art form.
As an aspiring writer, you will most likely hear it often: give your finished story to alpha and beta readers. It took me some googling and many episodes of Writing Excuses before I really grasped what alphas and betas are about.
Simply put, alpha and beta readers are test readers. They are provided with a story and comment on errors that are still present within a narrative before it is sent to a publisher. In order words, alphas and betas help you to see the errors that you just aren’t able to see anymore. Continue reading “Beta and alpha readers. What are they?”
This is the first of my short stories. I write a short story every month and publish it here on my blog. Let me know what you think!
Time. There is always something to do and never enough moments during the day to actually get some writing done. I’ve been struggling with exactly that. There’s not going to be more time in a day and my schedule won’t change. However, there are different ways in which I can up my word count without needing more hours.
Authors do things differently. Some claim they shouldn’t read as they are afraid they will copy another author’s writing style. Most writers I talk to swear by reading in order to learn how to write. Should we read in order to write better? Or should we not get distracted by what others do and just follow our own paths?
Here’s me, latching onto a new writing schedule, both for my blog ánd for my story. Writing this here means there’s an incentive for me to stick with my schedule. So what will I be doing?