I'm having a break from the article writing for a bit (they say a change is as good as a rest, don't they?) I want to focus my attention on my fiction. I did so well last year and up until now with my articles - much better than I ever envisaged. So I'm hoping that if I can focus my energies on the short story and novel writing throughout the rest of April, I might give myself a fighting chance in getting more short stories published - especially armed with all that I have learned since I last subbed a short story.
I have also been inspired and spurred into action by several other bloggers who have had some success with getting their stories into the women's mags recently: Suzanne Jones, Teresa Ashby, Helen.M. Hunt, Olivia Ryan (aka Sheila Norton) and Sally Quilford, to name but a few. I've read some of their stories in the mags and I have to say they are fantastic, so I am a little but daunted by trying to follow in their talented footsteps and get my stories published in the same mags. Especially with my rather dismal track record last year after my efforts! But I decided, as I'm approaching a big birthday next year, the number must be significant as I sent 40 short stories out - so I hope if I send forty out again before my next birthday (most will be reworked from the 39 that got rejected - sorry - declined) something might stick!
But I'll still be thinking up article ideas and I'm sure a few will come from my fiction writing exeriences too. And I know there are several mags out there I want to try and write my non-fiction for. I'll also be finishing the journalism course which involves a lot of article/feature writing, so I'll still get my fix!
If anything great happens you'll be the first to know - if it doesn't, you'll still be the first to know!
Wish me luck as the fiction writing starts in earnest tonight!