The Joy of Restraints: deadlines, themes and wordcounts.

BY CATHRYN BURGE

In theory, writing a story which might be included in an anthology seemed like a wonderful idea. In practice, it seemed like a very stupid one. Once I’d decided to go for it, every single story seed I’d ever had promptly withered and died. I wandered around for days trying to shake something promising out of my brain, but to no avail. Cue self-doubt and panic: I’d blithely committed myself to producing something and I couldn’t even think of anything suitable, let alone write it. Worse still, there was a deadline, an absolute date by which I’d agreed to submit a story for publication. It seemed like the only answer might be gin.

Forest. I rolled the word around my brain as I walked the dog. What sprang to mind when I heard the word ‘forest’? What pictures formed in my head?

Teddy bears. Yep, teddy bears. ‘If you go down to the woods’ and all that, swiftly followed by Goldilocks and axe-men intent on lopping the heads of princesses at the behest of jealous step-mothers. Ridiculous, I told myself; you’ll have to think again. Continue reading

New Branches

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This is a very exciting week for the Writing Tree, as we launch our publishing branch, Writing Tree Press, with a collection of short stories from brand new writers, ‘Forest’.

The stories cover a range of genres, including fantasy, horror and romance.

You can buy Forest as an e-book on Amazon or Smashwords, with a print copy available in February. We hope you enjoy!

We’ve also relaunched our website with information about all the services we now offer, including one-to-one tuition, coaching and editing services, along with our Creative Writing Kickstart course, which is now open for enrolments for a start in April.

Have a browse and a read, and we hope you enjoy all the new shoots on the Writing Tree have to offer!