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Saturday, 5 September 2009

Fitting In

Do you write to suit a particular market or do you write what you like and then see which market the finished story fits?

I tend to launch in and it becomes apparent at some point which market the piece is leaning towards. Then I feel extra confident, because I know where I'm heading. I don't usually decide in advance that I'm going to write a story for a particular publication unless there's a competition with a strict brief about style and content. For example, Writers' Forum magazine have run competitions to write for Woman's Weekly and People's Friend, for example. These are fun to enter for a change.

It adds variety to have rules occasionally and it's good discipline. Then you can enjoy the freedom to write however you like afterwards.

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