Diary of a Writer – What’s New?

What’s New in the Diary world? Been quite a busy week in fact and it’s still only Thursday.

Ate out last night in Martin Wishart at The Shore in Edinburgh. Partly funded by a generous Christmas voucher, we enjoyed the fish menu and shared a bottle of white French wine. It’s good for a writer to see how the top 10% lives from time to time. There may be a short Theatre in Restaurants blog over on Write, Watch & Critique plays soon, but on the other hand it’s a busy week.

What you will find over there, scroll down, is my view of I Am Thomas, the play about the final person executed for blasphemy in Scotland, Thomas Aitkenhead. Play is on this week in Inverness and then in London.

Have also been writing a resumé of why I think competition entries fail. I’ll be offering a short Q&A session at Edinburgh Writers’ Meeting on Monday evening following the adjudication of our short story competition by Rosemary Gemmell. Having acted as a Reader and occasional judge of short story competitions for many years, I’ve formed a few opinions.

100_5920And the Work in Progress? Okay, it’s slipped a bit. Romantic Novelists’ Association duties have been around, too. However, did put down a love scene yesterday. Goodness, I find them hard to write. How do you manage?

And the A-Z bloggers. Haven’t had much chance to pursue them this week, but my Edinburgh pal, Shelli Rosewarne continues to inform and entertain with her wonderful series of posts about wolves. So she’s here.

And how is your own week? Are you canvassing – elections 5th May. Are you writing? Are you re-charging the batteries? Are you, like me, also still waiting?



4 thoughts on “Diary of a Writer – What’s New?

  1. Your meal sounds lovely, Anne. Thanks for the mention – hope my adjudication and choices don’t confound you! I don’t mind writing occasional love scenes but not too many and I think I prefer trying just to convey passion and sensuality rather than the full scene, unless maybe the once in any one book (if appropriate). Must confess, I’m not interested in politics but always use my vote as it was hard won.


    • Hi Ros, I can’t think I’ll be confounded by the choice as you’re such an experienced judge. I know we, in the clubs, owe a lot to the people who take time to read and crit competitions. One of the points I’ll make, if the right question is asked and maybe if it isn’t, is how valuable even one line of opinion from an editor is. Have re-visited the love scne today and am quietly pleased. Anne


  2. It will be interesting to get your thoughts on competition entries – will you post them after the EWC meeting?. It certainly sounds like you’ve been busy this week.
    Me – I’ve been fingers to the keyboard grindstone, bashing on with the wip. And, yes love scenes can be tricky to write 🙂


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