HEAT ANTHOLOGY UPDATE

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThanks to everyone who won a place in the Heat Anthology in our Summer Writing Competition, and has sent in their final stories.

Unfortunately there have been some delays because I’m still waiting on edited stories from some contestants.

As I’m heading to Nevada at the end of next week, it might not be possible to publish the anthology before I go, but providing the stories come in the next couple of days, I will endeavour to do the best I can.

Thank you for your patience.

Happy writing:)

Dee

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Adult Summer Writing Competition Winners Announced

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe standard of submissions in the DeeScribe Writing Summer Writing Competition was amazing.

It was extremely hard to pick the winners, and I’d really like to congratulate everyone who entered.

Writing a complete story is a huge achievement, putting your work out there and submitting it is an even bigger one.

Thank you for sharing your work with me.

And a big thank you to Alison Reynolds for donating a Query Letter critique as part of our first prize.

THE WINNERS

I am pleased to announce that the winners are:

Winners table

Congratulations to our worthy winners,  Belinda Lyons-Lee, Georgie Donaghey and Elizabeth Smart.

ALSO TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE ‘HEAT’ ANTHOLOGY

Congratulations to the other 7 authors whose entries have been selected to be published in the Heat e-book anthology.  Your work will be published alongside some established authors.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING NAMES ARE IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY FIRST NAME AND DO NOT REFLECT ORDER OF MERIT.

Stories to be published table

Thanks again for entering the competition.  Your certificates and assessments where applicable, and details of the anthology will be emailed shortly.

Happy writing:)

Dee

Christmas Writing Tips

For my  Christmas blog post this year I decided to do some cute bunny pictures, but unfortunately, things didn’t quite go to plan.

Bunnies posing with Santa

Bunnies posing with Santa

I didn’t want to upset the bunnies by dressing them in cute hats or other attire that might cause them stress so I thought I’d strategically place a couple of Christmas props and let them play amongst them.

What Bunny really thought of Santa

What Bunny really thought of Santa

But bunnies are like manuscripts – no matter how much you coax and plead, sometimes they just don’t quite do what you want/expect.

So like a manuscript, you kind of have to go with the flow and follow the direction the manuscript/bunnies seem to be going.

Bunnies glaring at Christmas basket with suspicion but refusing to hop in it and look cute.

Bunnies glaring at Christmas basket with suspicion but refusing to hop in it and look cute.

Being a bunny photographer is much like being a writer.  You need certain qualities and character traits.

CHRISTMAS WRITING TIPS

So these are my Christmas writing tips – thanks to the bunnies.

1.  Persevere – never give up.
2.  Be flexible and prepared to follow a new direction with your manuscript if that seems like the natural way to go.
3.  Be patient – nothing happens quickly in the world of publishing and trying to rush things only reduces your chances of success.
4. Take the time to make the most of the journey.
5.  Try to set realistic goals – base your goals on things that are possible.
6.  Know your characters and let them guide the direction of your story.
7.  Set up a story world that your characters will belong in.
8.  Don’t avoid conflict – work it into your story.
9.  Don’t forget to reward your characters with some fun times so that when you make things hard for them, you will increase tension.
10.  Even though you might have planned an outcome for your story, be prepared to change the ending to accommodate new plot threads and themes.

I hope you find these tips useful.

Thanks everyone for your wonderful support and feedback on the blog this year.

Wishing you a wonderful festive season and a happy and inspiring 2014. Stay safe and keep writing:)

The last word from the bunnies – “relax and chill out over the summer break”

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If you’re looking for something to do over January/February, feel free to enter my summer writing competition. The top 10 entries will be published in an e-book anthology and there are mentoring prizes worth more than $200 to be won, plus my good writerly friend, Alison Reynolds (author of more than 50 books) will provide a query letter critique to the winner. Optional editorial feedback is also available.

If you have a writing question that you’d like me to blog about in 2014, feel free to include it in the comments section of this post.

Happy writing:)

Dee

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