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A Writer On Writing: Bits And Pieces

Sally Jenkins brings a clutch of useful hints and suggestions.

I hope you’re all fully recovered from the festive season and ready to write again.

Here are a few bits and pieces that might be useful for the new year:

• ‘Don’t Break the Chain’ – nip over to Vikki Thompson’s blog to read about a great method of encouraging you to write every day.http://the-view-outside.com/2012/12/29/dont-break-the-chain/ It involves using a chart to mark each day that you’ve written something. Hopefully, all these marks will form a long chain that you will do anything to avoid breaking. Follow the link on Vikki’s blog to down load the chart for free. And it doesn’t matter when you start because there are no dates on the chart. So no excuses - you can start any time of the year!

• Prima magazine have changed the word count for their monthly ‘Your Winning Story’ competition. It is now a maximum of 1000 words. The prize is still a Kobo eReader. Email your entries to yourwinningstory@hearst.co.uk and include your name, age, address, phone number and a recent photo. You’ll have to buy the mag. for the full rules plus the address for postal entries.

• Uniquely Dublin International Competition wants entries that ‘celebrate Dublin today’. There are categories for all the arts (music, animation etc) including the written word – and you only need to write 100 words about Dublin to be in with a chance of winning the category prize of 1,000 Euros or the overall prize of 10,000 Euros. Closing date is Jan 28th 2013 and entry is free. Full details are here. http://www.uniquelydublin.ie/

And finally a couple of thank yous:

• I would like to thank Maria’s Book Blog http://ishmarind.blogspot.co.uk/ and Jenny Schwartz http://authorjennyschwartz.com/ for my prize of a Kindle copy of ‘Drawing Closer’ – Jenny’s contemporary romance. Maria regularly hosts author interviews and book giveaways, so if you want to win – pay her a visit.

• Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank Susan for nominating me for an Inspiring Blogger Award, which she did before Christmas. I’m supposed to tell you 7 things about me but I’m sure your eyes are glazing over by now so maybe I’ll leave that for another time. But do have a look at Susan’s blog - she’s a lovely lady. http://susanjanejones.wordpress.com/


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