Do you know the saying that relates to the coming along of buses to a bus stop, or am I showing my age? Nothing – a dearth – and then they come along in threes.
Well that’s been the case with my writing. November started with me beginning my third children’s novel using #NaNoWriMo as a motivator. And yes! Success! By yesterday I had finished the first draft. it wasn’t the mammoth task of 50,000 words that many other writers were undertaking but instead, I had set myself the goal of 15,000 words, or around 500 words a day. I stuck to it, only failing on one day by writing 200 words, but I caught up the next day. So that was morale booster number one.
The second came with winning my writing group’s end of term competition announced on Thursday. I am a member of The Writers’ Study, a small group of writers in Dorset, meeting near to where I live. I’d written a short story based in World War One, as this had been much in my thoughts with the recent commemorations.
By coincidence, a couple of months ago, I had submitted a short story set during the Second World War to the Blandford Rotary Open Short Story Competition. It had been an afterthought but I thought, well ‘you have to be in it to win it’ so it was worth a try. I’d heard I had been shortlisted a few weeks ago and then last night, the readings and announcement of the winners took place at an event put on by the Rotary Club. To say I was surprised to win is an understatement. But win I did and the Mayor of Blandford presented me with my prize and certificate.
These little wins make the writing worthwhile and here is an image from last evening. I’m the one with the blonde bob.