Nicole J. Simms

My Surprising Week

Post date: 26th January 2016
My Surprising Week

The one thing I have noticed a lot about being a writer is that you never know what’s around the corner. And last week proved this to me.

So what happened last week? Well, I had a big surprise. (If you follow me on Twitter or see my Facebook page you will know what the surprise was) For those who haven’t, I will start from the beginning. Last November, I decided to write a letter in hopes of it being included in the Writing Magazine. I had found a useful article about writing group trips that I shared with my writing group, so I thought it would be great to mention the article and how the trip we went on inspired us. Sadly, I never received a response and assumed my letter hadn’t been successful.

So it was a huge surprise to me when I bought the February edition of the magazine (I had missed January’s) to see my name in the magazine. I was looking through the magazine looking for submission calls while I waited for all of my writing group members to arrive and ended up shouting out when I spotted my letter in the magazine. I couldn’t believe it, my letter in a magazine that I love. The only thing that could be better is having a story or article appear in the magazine; now that would be amazing.

Article in Writing Magazine - February EditionTalking about my writing group, we had a new member join us. She found out about us via our website and was keen to join. I feel that she will be a valued member of our group, especially if she comes with more fascinating stories like she did last week.

We are also planning on going on our first group trip of the year. Local author Angela Marsons is coming to one of the libraries near us to talk about her writing journey and current success: she has sold 1 million copies of her book. I’ve been to an author event before (Sharon Bolton – love her books), and enjoyed it, but I think it would be even more inspiring to meet an author who doesn’t actually live that far away from me. It shows that dreams can come true.

Final news, I am now a writer for Writing Times Magazine. I will be sharing my writing tips with all you writers out there. My first article is titled ‘Five Tips to Help You Create Interesting Characters’.

Writing has taught me a lot. I have learned how to ignore fear and try new things. So if there is anything you want to do, you should do it, no matter what. Keep writing folks.

My latest, The Horror Tree, posts can be found at the links below.

http://horrortree.com/setting-self-doubt-on-fire-the-benefits-of-writing-goals/

http://horrortree.com/setting-self-doubt-on-fire-rejection-gets-better/

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