It is about nine years ago now that I started writing short fiction, having finally shaken the dust of a working lifetime in education off my boots and resolved to at last give my supposed creative writing urge a chance to sink or swim. When I looked around for help of various kinds, it occurred to me that many of the people and/or organisations offering it
Articles written by agents and publishers in magazines and yearbooks constantly hark back to a familiar theme, one which also features quite frequently in the “submission guidelines” of magazines. It cannot fail to be irritating for a magazine to receive material which is clearly hopelessly inappropriate for their publication, and it can be equally galling for agents and publishers to be sent fiction for
Deciding to write, in principle, is straightforward enough, but the immediate hurdle to follow is deciding what to write about.
For many people, unfortunately, this is the one they stumble over so badly that they never get back up. For others, the choice is obvious; with particular interests and experience in one