Wednesday 25 March 2020
Literary means – of, constituting or occupied with books or written composition. Suppose that means I'm literary to some extent, as I'm often occupied with reading or writing.
To prove it, here are photos of me in libraries and bookshops.
You can also be described as literary if you're well informed about literature. Words or phrases which are used mainly in works of literature or other formal writing are considered literary.
I won't be doing another book signing for a while, but you can get your hands on my books here. (There are a couple of short free ones.)
This competition from Fitzcarraldo is for 'a book-length work of literary fiction written in English by published and unpublished writers around the world.' Entries close 1st July. The prize is publication and an avance of $10,000.
There is no entry fee.
Even though I don't reckon it's what I write, I don't really know how to define 'literary fiction'? What does that phrase mean to you? What's the alternative?
Are you literary?
Wednesday 4 March 2020
A tradition is an ongoing custom, belief or opinion, often passed on for generations.
Atristic and literary principles and methods which are based on experience and common practice are also considered traditions. It's traditional for romances to have happy endings.
A traditionalist is someone who has respect for traditions, perhaps to an excessive extent.
Which traditions do you follow and enjoy? A lot of my favourites involve food – I like to pour brandy on the Christmas pudding and set fire to it and try the traditional foods in places I visit, such as Welsh cakes, Cornish pasties and Scottish shortbread.
The first Wednesday of the month is traditionally Insecure Writer's Support Group day and March is no exception. As well as the monthly blog posts, the IWSG offers free support to insecure writers in lots of ways. If you think you might benefit, click on the link to take a look.
This month's optional question is –
Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?
I don't think I ever have, although it's possible I've done so not realising a custom isn't as universal as I'd supposed. How about you?
As I do it in almost every post, and I've been blogging for years, does it count as tradition for me to mention free to enter writing competitions?
The University of Southampton are offering a range of free competitions with good prizes. They all have a 'green' theme.
This one is for sci-fi, fantasy or horror. Top prize is $1,000.
Here's a free poetry competition.