I had a change round this month. Instead of having an article published where I was the one asking the questions, this time the tables were turned and I was the one being interviewed. Sally Quilford has done a fantastic job, as she always does, and in her monthly Writers' Forum column she's included an interview she did with me talking about Wrekin Writers and our annual Doris Gooderson short story comp. It's in the January 2011 issue of the mag (out now in all good newsagents!)
I hadn't realised it would be out so soon (neither did Sally!) So it was a lovely surprise to see it when I flicked through the magazine. If you don't read this magazine, I would suggest that it wouldn't be a bad idea to start reading it. I've been reading it each month now for almost 4 years and the advice and interviews contained within it's pages haven't done me any harm. They have, in fact, enhanced my own writing. I'm so proud that I've had a couple of articles published in there myself as well - something I never thought would happen. But it did! It can be done if you persevere.
It's always a pleasure to flaunt the many virtues of the wonderful Wrekin Writers too and raise our profile a little! I still haven't got over our last retreat. I don't think I got over the first one I went to two years ago either. I don't think I'll ever be the same again! A great writing group is worth it's weight in gold and I'm lucky enough to be involved in one of the best. I don't think I'd have dared submit half of what I do get out there without their help and support. Thank you!
My writing plans for this coming week are to finish NaNo, which I'm on target to do by tomorrow. Then I'll be straight back on to my articles, pitching ideas ready for next year. I'm keen to explore different magazines next year and target them. I feel like stretching my wings a bit. It's good for writers to change direction every now and then and keep their ideas and writing fresh and exciting.
Talking of fresh, it's a bit nippy out there today and I see we have a sprinkling of the white stuff this morning.