Tuesday, April 25, 2006

UniSWriters & Guildford Writers

Bit of a dull morning - plodded away with getting my AUA conference notes typed up - finally managed to get the first draft done by close of play, so I've got the proofreading to look forward to tomorrow. Hurrah! Hmm ...

UniSWriters' session at lunchtime. Looked at work in progress, and also did a "write about this picture" writing game, which was quite successful. At the end, we had a chat about writing techniques and ways forward if we think we're stuck. It's funny how sometimes the very things that seem to hold us back are the things we can turn into our strengths - eg if we always start a novel and never finish it, play to that strength and start each of that novel's chapters. That way you'll be more confident about where it's going, and it'll be easier to finish. That's the theory anyhow ...

Another chapter of "Thorn in the Flesh" came back from the JBWB Writers Bureau (http://www.jbwb.co.uk) today, so shall get on with changing that towards the end of the week. And Flame Books (http://www.flamebooks.com) are apparently starting to edit "A Dangerous Man", so I'll look forward to getting stuck into that again.

The rest of today has actually been quite tense - not that anything's awful, but I am layered with anxiety right now. Is that a phrase? - it's certainly what it feels like. Thank goodness I've another counselling session tomorrow - maybe I'll feel calmer after that.

And tonight, it's Guildford Writers (http://www.guildfordwriters.net), so I think I'll take along my strange vegetable-themed piece of flash fiction. If nothing else, it might make them laugh.

Anne Brooke

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