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Codename: Ms Clara English
07 November 2009 @ 03:04 pm
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Codename: Ms Clara English
28 October 2009 @ 08:30 am
Only three days until NaNoWriMo, and I need to decide what to do this year.

1. Write a shiny new novel which will sit in a drawer for the next year.

2. Write 50,000 more words on last year's NaNo novel.

3. Focus on the time rather than the word count - spend a solid two hours a night working on my collection of stories.


VOTE VOTE VOTE.
 
 
Codename: Ms Clara English
10 October 2009 @ 11:32 am
I've just won a New Writers Award!

I'm going to use the £2,000 prize to complete 'Slacker Love Songs', a collection of city-set stories using mythical and fairytale tropes. The prize also includes mentoring and networking with agents and publishers - Canongate, here I come!
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Codename: Ms Clara English
07 October 2009 @ 11:56 am
In selecting work for my portfolio, I had to read a lot of my own writing. There's an awkward, self-conscious, masturbatory pleasure in doing this, so I tried to read it in a critical way, as if someone else had written it. This led to me noticing a lot of repetition.

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Maybe I should try to write a dialogue-heavy, metaphor-free, action-packed story about a married, middle-aged, heterosexual man who likes guns and sports. Or a long, meandering, historically-accurate story about a young boy living on a farm and dealing with his relationship with his father.

Or maybe I should just embrace my personal clichés and write about genderqueer and cities at night and confused girls and awkward sex. But maybe I'll add some sea monsters and dialogue.

What are YOUR personal clichés? Do you embrace them or try to write against them?
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Codename: Ms Clara English
01 October 2009 @ 01:47 pm
Just got my MLitt grades back - Pass with Distinction, woop woop!
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Codename: Ms Clara English
27 August 2009 @ 02:58 pm
Writers! Don't forget to submit to the Hint Fiction anthology.

P.S. It's the one I mentioned here.
 
 
Codename: Ms Clara English
26 August 2009 @ 10:48 am


Best version of I Kissed A Girl ever!
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Codename: Ms Clara English
24 August 2009 @ 06:02 pm
I have a very short story in the Novelette contest - please feel free to vote for it.
 
 
Codename: Ms Clara English
23 August 2009 @ 10:17 pm
Stolen Stories @ Glasgow Uni

From October I will be teaching an evening class at Glasgow University on writing original fiction from myths, legends, fairytales, history and classic literature The class is called "Stolen stories" (a title which I, appropriately enough, stole) and will run on Thursday nights from 7pm to 9pm. More info here, or you can email me: hello@kirstylogan.com.

I know that most people don't have £75 to throw around, but I think that £75 for 10 weeks of classes is a bargain - particularly as I paid THREE GRAND for my writing classes, and I shall be passing on every single penny of that writing knowledge on to my students. Oh, and if you earn less than £22,000 you can get a £200 grant to cover the fee.

I need to get at least 12 sign-ups for the class to go ahead, and it would be so amazing to see a familiar face there! If you've been thinking about taking a writing class then please do consider this one.
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Codename: Ms Clara English
23 August 2009 @ 12:34 pm
New story up at Moondance: circuses, joyriding, a tall man with stretched earlobes... and all on the Isle of Skye. Even if you've read the story before, you should visit to see the gorgeous trapeze artwork.