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What’s more important: #editing or #firstdrafts ?

Pippa Goldschmidt is based in Edinburgh. Her short stories, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in a wide variety of publications including New Writing Scotland, Gutter, the New York Times, and in anthologies such as ‘Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014’.
Her novel ‘The Falling Sky’ (published by Freight) was a finalist in the Dundee International Book prize in 2012. Her short story collection ‘The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space’ (also published by Freight) was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award this year.

Mslexia #Novel Competition Longlist and Blog Hiatus! #writing

My novel is longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition for unpublished women writers.

This is stunning, and has caught me with my draft in a mess.

I sent in 5k, and have to now send in about 85k by the 30th of Oct (Of this year!).

As you can imagine, it’s going to be an insane caffeine-fueled waking nightmare. (I know I won’t place– but this is a great opportunity to show my MS to some very esteemed judges, and I don’t want them coughing hairballs. Besides I get to polish my novel in a very short space– what’s not to like?)

Do you have questions for #bestselling author Patrick Wensink? #writing

Patrick Wensink, is a bestselling author of three books and articles in several reputed journals. His recent book Fake Fruit Factory is as moving as it is funny. Have Questions for Patrick Wensink? Would you like to read Fake Fruit Factory? Patrick’s publisher Curbside Splendor Publishing will send a free copy of the book to one of the bloggers commenting on the interview at the blog.

Do you read or write #flashfiction ?

Because flash requires a lot of attention, just as poetry does (and other short fiction). That’s partly because it’s compressed, so you have to be on the alert (the German word for poetry is ‘dichtung’ – to seal, or to shut… so there’s a suggestion of closing down the space, and being economical). And, as a reader, you have to keep starting again with every new piece of flash, so there’s a lot of energy required. You can’t just fall into the dream. The challenge for the writer is to make the compression invisible, to try to hide the hard work.