Insecure Writer's Support Group posting day. 2019 and the first Wednesday of the month soon came round, didn't they?
I'm not actually feeling insecure right now. I refuse to dwell on anything which didn't go perfectly last year, instead I'm looking forward to all the good writing I might get done and the successes and sales which might result. I hope you too are starting the year with a certain amount of optimism?
The word soon means after a short interval of time. Eg if you'd like to enter this free competition from Forestry Commission England which offers unique access to the forests, support for your writing and £2,500 you should do so soon, as it closes on 14th January. Another free competition which closes fairly soon is the Nine Dots Prize, which offers $100,000 to write a short book answering the question, 'Is there still no place like home?'
There's no place like our camper van, which is home to us for several months each year. Here she is parked in the New Forest. (I can't tell you how smug I feel for finding a picture to represent both competitions at once!)
Or it can mean relatively early. Eg two minutes after submitting a piece of writing is too soon to
expect a reply.
Another use of soon is to show willingness or preference. Eg would you sooner write a poem or a story?
The phrase as soon as means at the moment of, or immediately Eg as soon as I start writing the typos appear. Sooner or later refers to a future unspecified time, as does soonish. They appear to imply something will happen soon, but generally that's not what's meant.
I'll be back with more free to enter writing competitions soon – hopefully with longer deadlines.