I enjoy writing my short stories and articles and flash fiction, I really do. Selling a piece of work and seeing it published is such a thrill. I celebrate each success, no matter how small, as each one spurs me on to write more.
But sometimes a little variety is good. So if the writing isn’t coming so easy to me, I do something different. I write letters to readers’ pages of magazines, I send in cute photographs of the family pets, I submit gardening tips, I enter competitions.
It’s a bit of fun and provides light relief from the intensity of research and drafting and editing. It can prove quite lucrative too. Last year I won several cash prizes, free magazine subscriptions, tea caddies, pots and pans and also some high street and gardening vouchers.
I didn’t do any writing during the Christmas period but I did enter a competition on Facebook for a camping themed Christmas decoration and was delighted to win. Look what arrived today!
What is the best prize you’ve ever won?