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This Week on Writers Abroad 26th December
Category: Site News
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Happy Boxing Day! I hope youíve all had a great Christmas so far. For obvious reasons, the past week was quiet on WA and I expect this week will be as well. But if youíre not surrounded by family then itís a good opportunity to get on with some serious writing.

In this weekís blog, Laura describes how her NaNoWriMo project foundered but then morphed into something else. She finished her revised project by her December deadline and is now taking the Christmas period off to refresh herself before taking it up again. Good for Laura, who was courageous in recognising that something wasnít working but saw the continuing possibilities in it.

Monday Muses Ė itís Maggieís turn this week to provide some ideas to whet your imaginationís appetite.

The Bragging Stool is unoccupied this week, unless I have missed something.

The January Challenge, re-titled Opportunities, will shortly be posted up in the Writing Room forum by Lesley, who chaired the last formal meeting. If you have ideas for competitions, publishing opportunities or other writing openings, please post in the comments once the thread is up. The December Challenge is still up with several pieces for critiquing and suggestions for opportunities.

Donít forget to pay your WA membership sub Ė Jo has set up a thread in the Notice Board forum, where you can click on a link and pay directly via PayPal.

Thatís all this week. If Iíve missed anything or got anything wrong please let me know. Iím off to continue with my current WiP. Iíve set a deadline of 15th January to finish it. With a target of 8,000 words per week, Iíve got my work cut out, but Iím determined to get it done.

It only remains to wish everyone the very best for the rest of the Christmas period and a happy, healthy and productive 2017.

Not Writing
Category: Writing
Tags: writing reading

"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut.Ē

― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

This statement is, Iím sure, something that we can all agree with and is also, no doubt, something that we all do, or at least aspire to do.

In November I started NaNoWriMo with the idea to write an interwoven collection of short stories (a little like Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout which I would highly recommend reading if you havenít already). I had a notebook full of rough drafts and I got off to a good start in week one. Week two didnít go as well and by week three my project was on its knees. However, out of the ashes rose another project; the same project, in fact, but in shorter form: the novella-in-flash.

I spent the rest of November and most of December perfecting my twenty-seven flash fictions. Some mornings I set the alarm to be up before my husband and son, other nights I stayed up late and every spare moment was spent thinking about it. By the middle of December I had had enough of it, but desperately wanted to finish it before Christmas. Two of my critiquers in Hong Kong agreed to read it over Christmas and this was just the extra push I needed and I finished it on Wednesday 21st December. I know there will be more work to do in January, but thatís okay. Iíll be ready by then.

Popular writing advice is often: write every day, but Iím going to ignore that completely over Christmas. Not just because I want to spend time with my family enjoying the festivities, but also because I want a break from writing. I want to read more. I want to experience things that will feed my imagination. And hopefully this way I will be able to come back to my project with fresh eyes in January.

Hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas, whether you are at home or abroad, writing or not, and I wish everyone a happy & healthy 2017.†

This Week on Writers Abroad
Category: Site News

The first and perhaps most important event of the week is Sueís wonderful news about her pathology results.† Everyone is overjoyed for her.† She has, well deservedly, sat on the bragging stool again for the 45th week running.† Her AdHoc fiction story this week ĎThe Returní is on page 22.† She has also posted a response following a request she made to a publisher for permission to use some lyrics from the song ĎWill you still love me tomorrowí in one of her short stories.† She was asked to pay a $550 fee, should she wish to proceed Ė which she didnít.† This serves to perhaps make us more aware of the minefield of copyright if we quote the words of other artists in our works.

Crilly has written a heart-warming seasonal blog about the fascination of two kittens with a Christmas tree, neatly comparing a real tree to authenticity in writing.†

Angela has successfully embedded a YouTube video on The Meeting Room Forum.

Hamish has posted a great and diverse choice of muses Ė at thirty minutes past midnight.† A touch of insomnia perhaps.

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