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In last Wednesday's meeting we focused on what to look out for when editing our own work. The list we came up with was fairly comprehensive, but in this session we concentrated on just a few choice issues relating to punctuation, mixed metaphors, clichés, exposition, point of view, adverbs and verb tenses. What all this amounts to is how important it is to learn the craft of writing and always to submit work of a high standard.
Many people can hold us spellbound as they tell us a story, but not as many are capable of writing that story down. Writing is about just that ... writing something down for others to read.
We also discussed Kim Liao's excellent article on 'Why you should aim for 100 rejections a year.' ( http://lithub.com ) Our egos want 'to be loved and accepted,' yet flipping our perspective on submitting our work helps us fail better, learn more and increases our chance of success.
So, get started with your submissions. Have a look at:
http://writersrelief.com/peter-k-hixson-writing-award Deadline: 29 July
http://www.holdfastmagazine.com 100-4,000 words of speculative fiction on a Brexit theme by 15 August
Among the books referred to this week were:
Sandra Newman & Howard Mittelmark, How Not To Write A Novel, (2009). Penguin Books.
David Nicholls, Us. (2014). Hodder & Stoughton.
Our next meeting is 20 July. Meanwhile, keep writing through the heat.