Wow, a week gone already!

 

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A fleeting moment

Time is flying. At the moment I’m busy putting together a collection of stories ready for an anthology. Straight forward you may think. Just sort out the ones that have already been published and stick them in a file and send to the publisher, job done.

 

Ahh yes, but you’re talking to a writer here. The trouble is one can always see where to make improvements. It’s that need to be happy with one’s work.

Editing is about chipping away at the body of the story and find its soul, to make it the very best it can be. By tightening your sentences you can make more of an impact with less words while keeping the flow going.

I’m afraid I can see where huge improvements can be made in my work. For the last few days I have been working on a story which has been sitting on my computer for quite a few years. It has gone through many edits before, but somehow how the impact of the piece has eluded me.

Over the passing years my skills as a writer have developed, allowing me to see far more clearly what I need to do to bring out the core of the piece. It’s that little secret all writers need to master and understand between the showing and telling.

That’s what the art of writing is all about; the learning. It’s something that doesn’t happen overnight and only comes with time and practise. img_0877

No one can truly teach you the fine art of editing. They can only teach you the basic skills in writing and editing. It’s the difference between talent and the X-factor.

I will never know whether I was born with the X-factor or not, but I shall die trying 🙂

Have a great day, and keep on writing. Our day to shine will come.

Paula R C

It’s That Time of the Year Again!

tree-line-281216Yes, I know. We all make plans for the future. We all set ourselves goals, impossible targets. Lost weight, write a book, go to the gym, take up running. Somehow at the end of each day the goal posts keep on moving further away.

Well, this year I’ve decided to settle for being POSITIVE.

Yep, just that!

Positive is a powerful little word. Whatever life throws at me I’m going to look for the positivity.

I was watching the News this morning about the shooting in Turkey on New Year Day and one of the survivors was talking about how she was in the toilets when the shooting started and was positive she was going to die. She said she hugged her friend and they said their goodbyes when the shooting stopped because they believed the gunman would blow themselves up.

Is that accepting your fate?

Do you think it is wrong of her to accept her fate, that nothing could change what was going to happen next?

I felt the young woman was very brave to go quietly into the darkness, to accept that death was the only option open to her, no knight in shining armour.

Her experience will never leave her. She has been changed for ever by it, and is all the stronger for it too. For her whatever fate throws her way, her positivity will always help her deal with the rest of her life from now on.

We must all believe in our dreams and fight on, keeping our eye on our target, but not allow it to rob us of our sense of joy and the pleasure of living life to the full.  Happiness

We all have mountains to climb, so allow me to wish you a Positive New Year as we step forward into 2017 and the next lap in life’s little adventure.

Keep on Writing!

Keep the Faith and Keep Safe!

I shall catch up with you again soon.

Paula R C

 

Thoughts for 2017

Happy Christmas Dear Readers

With Christmas hours away, I’m ending 2016 full of cold. Like so many others including my husband, grandchildren and friends I succumb to a cold that after a few day you feels like you’re over the worst of it only to have it resurfaces again knock you down again. Yesterday, l woke feeling positive l was over it and making headway with my writing. 

Today l’m chilling out in front of the the TV something l don’t do often. At the moment, l’m busy editing 19 short stories for an anthology for the new year. My novel still hasn’t found a home but l’m sure it’s not long before it does. I’m in the middle of editing it again after finding some weak areas in some of the chapters.

I have three projects that l want to get finished in 2017. I had hope to write some new stories for the women’s magazines but it looks as though they are going through some huges changes, so l think l shall stay focused on novels and the occasional writing competitions.

If you are looking for an online writing group to join I have a group on Facebook call ‘For Writers (only ) writing without fear of Rejections . I listed anything from Competitions, Agents, Publishers as well as articles on writing, books and all news links to books, and publishing world. 

I hope you all have a great day tomorrow and a positive New Year.

Best wishes,

Paula R.C.

A Great Time in London

 

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I didn’t allow my nerves to get the better of me.

Believe it or not, but twenty years ago I was a totally different person, shy and always in the background. I don’t even recognise myself sometimes these days.

 

Oh yes, you may say we’ve all aged, but I’m not talking about the person I see in the mirror. I’m talking about the person I am inside.

Everyone’s life is a journey. I always believed that anything is possible if you can just find the strength within you. In the past, I would tell myself that things can only get better, if I kept the faith and kept moving forwards.

I was right.

Today, as I sit here sharing my news with you, I’m fulfilling my dreams of become a published writer because of my darling husband and with the support two amazing friends. On Saturday we travelled up to London to take part in the Bridge House and Chapel Book launch of their two new anthologies, Cafelit 5 and Baubles 

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Ana, Joan and Russell toasting my success in having two more stories published.

 

As this year slowly comes to an end, I’m pleased with my achievement to date. Though I didn’t fulfil the promise I made to myself about getting my novel published this year, at least know in my heart that I’m one step closer.GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

I know I’ve still got a long journey ahead of me, but I’m not travelling it alone.

Thank you, Russell, Ana and Joan.

Bye for now,

Paula R C

 

 

The Glass Slipper Company

My latest short story is now available on Kindle. To find out what Mabel the retired fairy godmother is up to now she got plenty of free time on her hand.

Go to Amazon following this link to ‘Baubles‘ is an anthology full of amazing stories by writers in their own unique style. 

Have a great weekend,

Paula RC

Another new story

In December my husband, two of our friends and me will be traveling up to London to the launch of another Bridge House Publishing Anthology, ‘Baubles’.

My short story ‘The Glass Slipper Company’ was accepted in July to be included in their collection.

Here is a link to the trailer, with my story The Glass Slipper Company   in it. Keep a sharp eye out for story’s picture its towards the end.

Have a great weekend,

Paula RC,

Going nowhere fast.

When I took redundancy from my full-time job it was with the idea I would spend all day everyday writing. Well, that was the plan.

Today while chatting on the phone with my brother, we spoke about the fact that when you retire the day seem to fly by, and you wonder where the time has gone. My brother said he had a theory that at work, you are told you must get something done within a certain time. When you are at home the time is your own, you do things at your own pace.

I said, my problem is I get side-tracked. Coming home from the post office for my husband, I landed up tidying the garden after filling the green bin. I dug over the last two vegetable plots, and then hoovered the house, dusted the bedroom and did some washing as it was a lovely morning.

I try to spend as much time as possible at the keyboard, but there are jobs I have to do around the house. By 3.30 I stop what I’m doing and start getting dinner ready. As this was the only stipulation my husband made when it was agreed that I should take redundancy and focus on my writing.  So my job is to have a meal on the table ready for when he comes home from work.

At the moment as far as my writing is concerned I’m still waiting to hear back from a publisher. I have sent off a submission to a magazine, and I’m still editing a pocket novel. So as you can see I’m still busy working on my dream.Internet google quote

Hope to have something positive to report soon.

Have a great weekend,

Paula R. C.