TO GET SIGNED BY AN AGENT
It's quite a hard one. But I'm already working with one, and have been for the last year or so, in an editorial capacity.
I've had some insights into my writing, namely that I avoid editing and write lots of new stuff, which is great; but I'd like to get something properly finished.
I entered lots of fabulous writing competitions in November and December last year, so they are soon to be judged.
If you write flash or short stories, or are fighting a novel I think you must get onto Twitter if you aren't already. It is amazing for linking up with other people in your position, and finding cool free writing competitions to enter.
A great one is Ad Hoc Fiction, which runs weekly and gives you a prompt word. That word must be in the story, and you have up to 150 words. It's free and exciting, give it a go. Find it at Adhocfiction.com.
Reading the pieces that the other fabulous writers submit is crucial. The standard is so high!
Other writing advice for January is keep reading! REVIVAL is one of my Christmas presents, I'm saving it as I catch up on my Talk Time reading for my next telephone book group. The one for next session is by Joyce Dennys and it is very funny. Henrietta's War (1985) is a series of letters written in the 1940s, full of village life in wartime. Am loving it.