A Couple Of Questions Answered
So, the other day I asked if there was anything anyone would like to know.
Can you tell us a little about your writing plans for 2010, and maybe a top tip or two for subbing stories, as you’ve published in top venues like Smokelong? Thanks!
Writing plans are pretty much the same as ever. I want to write well. I want to write good stuff. I want to be published by good places. And I want people to enjoy my work. I have a nagging feeling that I want to write something longer, not novel length, but something that’ll be longer than the short stories I’ve been writing over this past few months. But stories are as long as they are so I’ll just have to see. I’d also like to enter more competitions. I think I’ve only ever entered three (short listed in one), so that’s a doable goal.
As far as subbing goes, I don’t think I do anything any differently to most other writers out there. I think the most important part of subbing anywhere comes before the subbing: it’s writing something good. Once I’ve got something I’m happy with I’ll have a look and see if I can find somewhere suitable. Then I simply follow the guidelines, cross my fingers and hope for the best.
And the very lovely and also talented Annie Clarkson said: I would like you to talk about how your own experiences inspire your fiction or not. Or how your fiction might have inspired your real life….
Err, good question. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a situation where something’s happened and I’ve thought: Ooh I must write about that. Mostly, I just make stuff up. I think I’m a definite what if? writer. Actually I think that if I ever do experience something and want to write about it it’ll end up here on the blog.
And how does my fiction inspire my life? I’m not too sure that it does. I try, when I can, to keep the two things separate though I’m sure that, in some way, they both influence each other.
There. That was fun. If anyone else has anything they’d like to ask then do leave a comment. I always aim to please.