Ok, so I have a couple of excuses as to why I’ve been AWOL from the world of blogging for the past two weeks. The first is that I’m finally back in England, after two and a half years travelling, so things are a little ‘abnormal’ to say the least. The second is that, after two and a half years of dragging my poor old MacBook around the world, I figured it was time it got a bit of TLC, so my laptop has been in the Apple Store for the past fortnight.
But my main excuse is that my writing has been concentrated elsewhere. Because I’m revelling in the phenomenon that is being a citizen of the country you are living in (quite a novelty for me) … and entering competitions!
Now, I know the world is for the most part computerised, however you’ll notice in the small print of most competitions, that even if they appear to be simply online, they normally require you to be a citizen or resident of the country where the competition originated. This is especially prevalent in magazine competitions, where even if a magazine is global, like Marie Claire, the competitions are only local.
So now that I’m back HOME, I’ve been making the most of being British and entering a ton of writing competitions!!!
I’ve talked in the past about using writing exercises, particularly when you’re feeling a bit stuck. I have to admit to having been brainstorming an idea for a new book for the past month, and feeling like not all the pieces have clicked in place yet. So it’s great to have a diversion which exercises my good old ‘writing muscle’.
My two favourites this past week have been the Grazia writing competition, called ‘The Deadline’, and a scheme by Marie Claire to pair young aspiring women up with successful role models in their chosen business.
The first competition centred around a pre-written paragraph, by the writer Kate Mosse, which you were required to transform into an entire first chapter. The paragraph was very different to my normal style of writing, and required me to think out of the box I’ve become most comfortable in, which was a great challenge, and something which kept me scribbling for a good couple of days.
The second competition is of a different nature. The Inspire & Mentor scheme could provide me with a best-selling author as a mentor, which is pretty damn exciting! The scheme is an extension of the successful Prince’s Trust scheme which aims to help underprivileged women survive and succeed in life. However readers of the magazine Marie Claire can also benefit from the guidance of a professional mentor.
As a young woman still very much trying to find her feet in the world of writing and publishing, I think initiatives like this one are brilliant.
Right … I’m off to find some more fun competitions 😉 And speaking of competitions, if you haven’t already, check out yesterday’s post about Elli Write’s April Competition.