Monday, 2 February 2015
Encouragement to Persevere
Sometimes, writers need a little encouragement along the way when we're slogging away at a lengthy novel, or sending work out without success. We can either give up and find work outside the home, or get involved in another absorbing interest that sees quicker results. However, I suspect most writers cannot give up that urge to write and for many, the act of writing itself is enough reward.
I'm in both camps: I wouldn't be able to give up writing completely, and I also want to be published and earn from my work where possible. So, it's immensely encouraging to see my words in print or online every now and then, especially as a change from writing longer fiction. As many of you know, I write short stories, articles, poetry and children's fiction in addition to novels and novellas and that's unlikely to change!
Today, I'm delighted to see my article on D.H. Lawrence published in Thresholds online. I was fascinated by Lawrence's life and work when studying him in my literature degree and wanted to examine some of his short stories, as opposed to his more famous novels for a change.
At the end of last week, I was surprised and pleased to see my little flash fiction story get on the longlist of the recent Brilliant Flash Fiction contest which had a theme of 'Life is Good', as I just emailed it in at the last moment. It may not have reached higher up the list, but it's a pleasure none the less to know it's published on their website! You have to scroll right down, if you want to read it.
If we happen to be writing novels, there is another advantage of having these little bits and pieces published now and then: it brings our name to a wider audience perhaps. It's especially helpful if we're allowed an author profile or website address at the end, as with the Thresholds site.
So, don't give up, whatever stage you're at, and do try different genres and varieties of writing - you never know where it might lead!