Writing without agenda

ink-316909_1280When you write your stories longhand there’s always an element of surprise, no matter how well you think you’ve estimated words per page, when you go to type it up. Usually, my worry is that the story will be too short, as what fills a small notebook and makes you think you’ve written something significant, can often translate into just a few typed pages. However, my most recent story, which I thought would be around 2,000 words, turned out to be about 4,500 words, so I was pleasantly surprised at that!

I got into the habit last year of writing stories that were mostlyย in the region ofย 2,000 words, as this is the word limit for so many journal submissions and competitions. However, as part of my pledge to write without agenda this year, I’ve reverted back to form – my form – which means lengthier short stories that won’t necessarily fit the mould. I will probably also write some that are 2,000 words and maybe even less than that. We’ll just have to see how the creative juices flow…WOMEN ALOUD

Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to being a part of an exciting new project in Northern Ireland called Women Aloud NI, which will take place on International Women’s Day on March 8 this year. The project is all about championing women writers in Northern Ireland, so if you’re from NI (whether you’re a current resident or are living elsewhere) and would like to take part, then check out their website at: http://womenaloudni.com/

I’ll be reading my story from The Incubator Journal in Coleraine on the day, as well as chatting about submitting to journals, so it should be good! More details will follow… ๐Ÿ™‚


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2 responses to “Writing without agenda

  1. If I wrote in longhand, unless I typed it up immediately I would never be able to read it later, Claire, as my handwriting is so bad! But I know what you mean about what we’ve written on the page looking longer than it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best of luck with the reading.


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