Monthly Archives: August 2015

Scottish Book Trust will be announcing their Journeys winners soon

What a wonderful competition this has been! Over five hundred stories, poems, beautiful writing and heart-rending tales. And soon the judges will have selected the winners who will be honoured with a slot in this year’s anthology.

But we have all seen our writing published on SBT’s web site and have been proud to be part of the journey.

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Looking forward to my Plotting your Fiction workshop

Tomorrow I hope to fix one of the weak points in my story creation – plot. Along with Point of View I find Plot difficult to evaluate. Just when I think it’s clever and ends with a surprising twist, my clever draft reading buddy explains that some of the plot must still be in my head. She doesn’t understand it.


But tomorrow, successful poet and author Claire Askew is running a half-day Plot workshop in Edinburgh and I can’t wait. Of course, I don’t know how it will end…

left : Claire Askew by Sally Jubb Photography

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Still Finding my Way

I don’t know if I write short stories or flash fiction or enter competitions or write for magazines.

Actually, I have tried them all in the three years I have been learning to write fiction.

Women’s magazines have defeated me so far, except for one or two snippets and photo caption stories of mine that they have taken.

But short story competitions have had the bulk of my effort and given me the biggest portion of satisfaction.

Crediton Festival short story competition is the pinnacle of my achievement. It spurs me on, keeps me writing. And editing and editing and editing…

shirley wins crediton

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