>Sweet Friends


Many thanks to the lovely Teresa Ashby for giving me the Sweet Friends blog award.

As a condition of accepting the award I have to tell you 6 things about my writing, but most of you probably know most of them already:

1. I’m not very good at it. Writing. Seeing as that generally means adhering bum to seat and, well, writing.

2. I’m a planner rather than a panster, I can plan for England. But I’ll always give other methods a go, just in case …

3. The first article I ever sold was based on a total lie. (“Having been an avid bottle collector for many years …”)

4. I write in longhand rather than onto a keyboard … but I’ll always give other methods a go, just in case … or if I’m running very late and am on (or past) deadline.

5. When I make a mistake and it gets published I’m mortified and have been known to stop writing altogether while I GET OVER IT. Because it’s so detrimental (and so unprofessional), it very rarely happens and hasn’t done for quite a long while. To my knowledge …

6. I am not adverse to sending the exact same story out, totally unchanged, to a market that has previously rejected it. Requirements and tastes change, and I’ve sold many in this way.

7. (Okay, I can’t count …) I can’t work without a deadline. But don’t tell me it’s a false deadline – that has about the same effect as knowing I’m using a working title.

I’d like to pass on the award to 6 more people (but they don’t have to do the 6 things, or pass it along, unless they want to):

If it wasn’t such a girly award, I’d also give it to Colin and to Steve. And to Nidge if he updated his blog more often … all very good and lovely, sweet friends.

Another day in the office today, with an AGM and a jam night this evening. A couple of fillers are due out on Friday. Normally I’d finish the 3rd (typed) draft and just send them. But I’m building “cooling” time into my schedules now and already I’ve edited the “final” draft of one 3 times, so I’ll give it/them one more check on Friday before submission.

Tomorrow is a full writing day.

14 thoughts on “>Sweet Friends

  1. Lacey Devlin 20 October 2010 / 12:15 pm

    >Congrats Diane! Thanks so much for nominating me 🙂 That's a great list, I had no idea that you were writing in long hand 🙂


  2. Diane 20 October 2010 / 12:22 pm

    >I've always been a longhand writer. I find a notepad and pencil much more portable and convenient than many electronic devices, or non-electronic mechanical devices … Plus, if you drop a notepad in the bath you're less likely to get an electric shock … :o)


  3. Ordinary Man 20 October 2010 / 12:44 pm

    >All hockey stuff is taken care of for the week, so maybe I'll have some time on my hands to update a little


  4. Colin Galbraith 20 October 2010 / 1:14 pm

    >Well! I must say I've never been so snubbed ;-)*ahem*


  5. Diane 20 October 2010 / 1:15 pm

    >Nidge – Very pleased to hear that. :o)


  6. Diane 20 October 2010 / 1:16 pm

    >Ha ha ha ha ha ha, Colin. Call it a "quasi" award. :oD


  7. Teresa Ashby 20 October 2010 / 3:54 pm

    >I love your answers you non avid bottle collector you. Now off to visit your nominated blogs – and the lads as well (there's nothing wrong in bringing out their girly side)!


  8. Twiggy 20 October 2010 / 10:09 pm

    >Well done Diane and thanks for nominating me too. Some interesting facts there. I'll have to get my thinking cap on :)Twiggy x


  9. Lacey Devlin 21 October 2010 / 1:07 am

    >LOL! That is true! Although you'd probably end up mourning the loss of all of your work anyway. Perhaps the lack of electric shock would compensate? 😉


  10. Diane 21 October 2010 / 10:26 am

    >Honestly, Teresa, I must have been one of the first ever renegade writers. I'm always breaking the so called rules.


  11. Diane 21 October 2010 / 10:26 am

    >I'll be back over to see what you come up with, Twiggy. :o)


  12. Diane 21 October 2010 / 10:28 am

    >Draft one is always in a shorthand (stenographer's) notepad, Lacey. Draft two is always an A4 (legal) pad. Draft three normally makes it to the screen. It's also because I hate typing.


  13. Josie 24 October 2010 / 12:04 pm

    >thanks for the award, I'm struggling to think of six things…Josie x


  14. Diane 25 October 2010 / 1:34 pm

    >Others are writing 6 things about themselves, rather than 6 things about their writing.


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