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I'm at a stage with my current WIP (and third novel) where I'm nearing the end and I feel almost lik…
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If you're interested in writing competitions, there's something I've become aware of recently that I haven't seen mentioned on Townhouse. It's a website called www.writeintime.co.uk and you can follow them on twitter @Write_In_Time . They have listings of all kinds of competitions, from poetry and flash fiction to full-length novels with everything in-between. Although they're UK-based, they do list US competitions as well (and possibly from other parts of the world). 

On the subject of twitter, I know it understandably fills a lot of people with horror, but I'm increasingly finding it a very useful and supportive resource that nicely complements what Townhouse does. There's a great writing community out there (just use the hashtag to find them), as well as twitter pitch competitions, agents listing their likes/wants (often with the hashtag ). My twitter timeline is now made up almost exclusively of writers (published and unpublished/unagented), agents, writing consultancies and publishers, and most of what's on it is very positive. So, worth a go if you're interested.

I'm at a stage with my current WIP (and third novel) where I'm nearing the end and I feel almost like a reader, turning the pages to find out what happens next (except, obviously, I'm writing it!). When I sit down to write the words come out in great splurges, and I'm reluctant to stop when normal daily life intrudes and requires me to do other things. I remember this happening with both of the other novels, too.

So I wondered ... does anyone else get this when they're getting towards the end of something they're writing? I'm hoping that it's a good sign as it means the narrative is heading in the right direction at a rapid pace, although I'm also aware that in my haste to get there I'm probably going to make all sorts of mistakes. But, hey, that's what the editing's for, isn't it?!

Having completed the 11th draft of my MG adventure, used the Jericho Writers templates to write my synopsis and cover letter, and had the whole submission package looked at by JW, I've now just finished sending my first lot of submissions of the novel to 12 agents (carefully selected using JW's Agent Match). I wondered if anyone else was experiencing this particular hell at the moment? As the cliche goes, it's not the despair that gets you - it's the hope!

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