TO DO

9am on a foggy Monday morning. Emails, Twitter and weather forecast all checked – it’s time to start the week.

If you haven’t come across it already, Paul McVeigh’s blog is a fabulous source of opportunities, interviews and free reading . With a background that includes short stories, writing for radio and comedy stand-ups, as well as recently launching his debut novel, Paul’s wide writing experience and interests are reflected in his blog that reaches writers of all different genres and forms across the globe.

Are you in planning mode and wondering how you’re going to get your first or final draft ready for a deadline?

Maybe one of the dates listed here will help. I’d love to look after you and help you to achieve your goal.

Need some deadlines and destinations?

There are many great sources of writing prompts and publication opportunities available, but I’ve found that using the following few is manageable and keeps me on track:

Aerogramme: I don’t know who the good people are behind this source of “Books and Writing | News and Resources”, but they do amazing work. An email subscription means only 2 – 4 emails per month and they’re packed with local and international competition and publication listings. Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the disparity between the size of my portfolio of work that’s ready and the number of places open to submissions, but wouldn’t it be really awful if it was the other way around?

The Review Review: I subscribed to their newsletter in October last year and just seeing their weekly/fortnightly email in my Inbox makes me smile. Founding Editor Becky Tuch leads a team that reviews magazines and journals from the perspective of a writer looking to submit. Nothing can substitute reading a few copies of a publication to get a feel for style and fit, but The Review Review website database and summary emails are comprehensive, current and really good fun.

Sarah Selecky: I’ve been using her daily writing prompts for a long time now. She’s based in Toronto so if you’re an early-to-bed-early-to-rise writer her email will be waiting for you in the morning. It’s 6am now, I’m at my desk with a peppermint tea and the email prompt for today is –

Write a scene that starts with the line, “Next.”

Hope you have a good writing day. Jen