The urge to write has followed me throughout my life. I had notebooks full of poetry as a kid and wrote stories mostly based on my love of Lord of the Rings – though not quite on its scale!
As I got older, I honed that love of writing through a creative writing module as part of my English degree, winning a place on a screenwriting development lab and a mentor-ship with a screenwriting agent. By profession, I am a filmmaker and run a small independent production company with my husband. However, writing is my real joy and I have written short films and scripts for work we have produced. Like most writers, I also have several (hundred) unfinished novels filed away.
I put writing on hold to have my son three years ago and now that he is bigger, I have started writing again and Distant Percussion is the result. I like to write about the real world, but with elements of magic or ‘strangeness’ to them, so this particular competition was right up my alley and I’m so honored to be a part of Twisted 50 vol 2.
Releasing your writing into the wild is scary. It’s your precious baby that you’ve nurtured and put your heart and soul into and now you fear it will be ripped to shreds. I was certainly worried about that when I decided to enter the Twisted 50 Vol. 2 short story competition. It had been a while since I’d written anything that I actually intended other people to read, and because of that I was anxious about the reviewing part of the competition. However, this turned out to be the best bit.
It is so useful to have a competition that enables the writer to improve both their story and their wider skills through the process. The community on the Create 50 site is friendly and supportive. All of the comments I received were either useful criticism given in a constructive and honest manner, or encouraging and inspiring comments. It was truly wonderful to engage with other people’s stories and have them engage with mine in return, and I know that their comments helped to make my story better.