Monday, July 11, 2011

Short Story Contest - No Entry Fee

Money, money, money....

I wanted to share this link to a short story contest with no entry fee: The Short Story

Top prize is 300 pounds sterling, which would be pretty awesome. The only caveat is this:  By submitting your work to The Short Story you grant them first serial rights and the right to archive your work online for an indefinite period of time. You retain all other rights.

If I enter my Dreamcatcher story and happen to win by some chance, I wonder if the win will affect any of the other contests I am currently waiting on (not that I am expecting to win those either, but you know, that IS the point/goal). The chances are so slim, I think I'm just gonna submit. If a miracle occurs and I become a finalist one place or another, I will withdraw from the other competitions. Whoever wants me first can have me! 

Anyone else up for submitting a short story???

Friday, July 8, 2011

Writing Songs - Poems and Flash Fiction set to Tunes

At Hensley's Carlsbad, CA

I am in a band called The Hillside Music Club, and our guitarist suggested that maybe we should write some original songs. Well, it's another thing I never thought I would be able to do, but when I started to think of story telling through music, the words just started coming. Some songs are like flash fiction where you get a real sense of story in just a few lyrics and the others are similar to poems. So far I am up to about seven decent songs that need tunes, so we are working on that next. Maybe this is how I'll finally make some money writing ;).

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Comments - Screw the Advice

Yeah, even the bad comments are welcome. 

So I read a popular writer's blog post that said most people will not give your blog any credit if they can see that you have meager comments, etc. So even though it is hard to do, fledgling bloggers should dump the comment box and showing of small amounts of followers until the blog is bigger and more popular.

So in case the few of you who read my blog have noticed, that is what I did - I lost the comment box. And you know what? It sucks. I loved each and every comment I ever got on any of my blogs, and removing that aspect (though the comments were not copious by any means...but who cares???) has made the blogging I've been doing pretty hollow. I MISS my few little comments!

So in a huge FU to that stupid advice, I am going to put my comment box back on, and expecting NOTHING, I will wait for the fancy to strike one of you at any point in time and relish in your thoughts.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Writing Contests - Good Housekeeping Fiction Contest 2011

"With a little help from my friends..."
About a month ago,  a few of my wonderful friends and family helped me through the writing, editing, and revising process for my short story about an old widower and a young single mother called The Dreamcatcher. In the course of a week, about a hundred emails and revisions became my life, and it was one of the best weeks I've ever had.

You know why? Not only were my friends and family amazing at pointing out both the positive bits and the parts that needed strengthening, but in the short course of a few days, I had created a whole world, realistic characters, and a complete short story along side my friends and family. Though the work is mine, little bits of some of my favorite people are in there too.

In my writing life goal, here is my strategy: first, write short stories - get a few really good ones and submit the hell out of them for short story contests. Second - win said contests. Third - apply lessons learned in my short story writing to strengthen my novel writing/process (working title of current novel, Dark Stardust). Fourth - write at least two more novels and then start the next phase of perusing publication. Fifth - never be disappointed, the process is the prize.

So since I am still in the first phase of  my plan, I looked at my short story again the other day and did yet another draft/revision. It's amazing how you can see so many things to improve upon after letting a piece rest out of sight for a while. I submitted it originally to the Writer's Digest Fiction Contest, and just yesterday to the Good Housekeeping Fiction Contest.

The Writer's Digest one cost $25 stinking bucks that I am guessing I will never see again, but I have to credit that contest with lighting the fire under my butt and forcing me to write my first solid short story. The Good Housekeeping one was FREE! So I encourage all my writing pals to give it a go: Click this link for the Good Housekeeping contest!

Good luck my dears!!!