It was all going so well (too well?) with the WIP. There I was, chugging along to the 20,000 mark, when my second (and final) tutorial on my writing course came along to put the mockers on what I have done so far. (Okay, I exaggerate, but we writers have fragile egos!)
Clearly all advice is subjective, but since I sought – and paid – for professional help, it would be stupid to disregard what was given, especially when a number of the tutor’s points do ring a bell. But as a result, the novel I thought was up together and on its way, is suddenly adrift, and so am I. Even taking out my writerly angst on a golf ball turned out to be pretty inadequate as a coping strategy, but in a surprising turn of events, the phone rang shortly after the bad golf trip and a very nice lady from Frome relayed the news that I am the winner of the local writers’ prize in the Frome Festival Short Story Competition.
Many thanks to the good judges of Frome for supplying a much needed silver lining, and what a pity the prize-winners’ lunch is the weekend we’re on holiday in Scotland. (A moment of glory certainly wouldn’t have gone amiss right now!)
Instead, here’s a photo of Frome which I visited for the first time last year. It’s a very pretty place, quaint but lively, and well worth a visit. I forgot to take my camera with me that day, so this pic is by Ross Websdale on Flickr.
4 thoughts on “Silver Lining?”
Congratulations! I used to visit Frome quite regularly years ago (Butler & Tanner printed a lot of the books I worked on) – a nice town, with some good second-hand bookshops (or at least there were back then!)
Thanks, Juliet! Don’t know why it took me so long to find Frome – we’ve been here for 30 years. In fact, must go back again some time soon. In the other direction, Nailsworth strikes me as similar, though smaller.
Congratulations on your win! My story was Highly Commended and I did manage to get to the prizewinners luncheon, hearing words of wisdom from Steve Voake and Katie Fforde.
Keep going with the novel, it’s a hard grind. I’ve never managed to finish any of my attempts, so most of the time I stick to poetry, with a few short stories thrown in. I’m also in Somerset, btw.
Hi Jo, thanks for saying hello and congrats on your prize in the comp. I’ll look out for your story on the website when they put them up there.
Good luck with the writing.