Words from the Writing Desk – I’m Officially a Part Time Writer!

It’s official… I am a bona-fide part time writer (albeit an unpaid one) – or at least I will be from the beginning of April, when my new work contract comes into effect.

This is very exciting news for me. It is something I have been thinking of for quite a while. With my increasing hours spent writing after I get home from my day job, it has become more and more difficult to get organised and motivated. I find it hard to really settle down into a proper writing schedule. So, I spoke to my boss and eventually we came to an agreement to reduce my working week by one day, and now I will get every Monday off!! Yay… the worst day of the week too! Double bonus!

From 7th April my Mondays will be dedicated to writing, and I will not be idle! I have so many irons in the fire at the moment. Novel, Short Story, Poetry and Scriptwriting contests, plus lots of research for my new book set in the south of France. I am currently working on an entry to the Bath Novel Award and will enter the Bridport Novel Award by the end of May. Bath’s deadline was last Friday (28th) but the rest of the book needs to be polished and ready by 24th March just in case I make the long list (not likely but of course anything’s possible and it’s best to be ready!). Bridport’s deadline is 31st May for the first stage and 25th July for the second. As well as this, I have four short story contests to enter by the end of April. Busy, busy!

And, of course, I will be able to dedicate more time to my blog and to getting my profile as a writer lifted on Social Media. I have been on Twitter for just over two years, and have always known how fantastic a marketing tool it can be. I’ve tended to stand back from that because some people overuse it to the point of abuse, and every Tweet they send has an ulterior motive. That gets wearing. But others use it well, with just the right balance of content, and it will be to these that I will be looking when I get stuck into it more in the coming months.

So, look out for more posts from me on a more regular basis. At first, in the early weeks of my new venture, I will be finding my feet and working out a writing/research schedule, but once I get into it, I am so looking forward to being more productive.

In the meantime, I am always keen to hear from fellow writers out there, so if you want to post comments on any of my posts, please feel free. If you haven’t posted here before, my blog is set to moderate, but I will get around to that very quickly, so don’t let it put you off. Once I okay one of your posts, you will not be moderated again and can post freely.

I am always interested to hear about any advice you have to give, links to writing help articles elsewhere on the web, your own experiences of competitions and writing in general. If you want something you have to say to be published as a full post on here, please email me using the link at the top of the page (Submit to My Way by Moonlight) or here. I will be happy to share my space with you. J

Take care and happy tapping!

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