Wrapping the Year

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I’m tying up loose ends, writing missives and emails to friends and organising for the year to come. I’m making plans and carrying over and tallying up – not least my hits and misses on the writing front.

The best piece of advice I can give to a writer is don’t give up. Keep on writing and keep on sending out. The importance of this rule is never more apparent than when I’m looking over my yearly send outs, my applications, my pitches – of which I keep a log. Each story or play or idea or application I send out, I refer to as a ‘ship’ and if I am accepted or shortlisted or granted a bursary etc.. I deem it ‘home to port’, and if rejected, I log it in the ‘sunk’ column. This year 64 ships sunk and 22 came home to port laden with some sort of reward. And, I”m doing well…

Rejections are water off a duck’s back to me. It seems for every four opportunities I approach, one will welcome me, so to hell with the other three and I think it is really the only way a writer can survive.

Keep at it! Don’t let the bastards grind you down. Happy Christmas and wishing you all wonder and health in 2017.

Sue x

About suehealy

From Ireland, Sue Healy is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre, London, a Lecturer in Creative Writing and Publishing at the University of Lincoln, a Creative Writing tutor at City Lit and the Irish Editor at TheTheatreTimes.com. She is an award-winning writer and playwright, her most recent play, Imaginationship (2018), enjoyed a sold out, extended run at the Finborough and later showed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Her previous stage productions include Cow (Etcetera Theatre, 2017) and Brazen (King’s Head Theatre, 2016), funded by Arts Council England. Her short plays have been performed at the Criterion (Criterion New Writing Showcase), Arcola (The Miniaturists) and Hackney Attic (Fizzy Sherbet Shorts). Her radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. Sue’s prose has won The Molly Keane Award, HISSAC Prize, Escalator Award, Meridian Prize and has been published in nine literary journals and anthologies including: The Moth, Flight, Tainted Innocence, New Writer, Duality, HISSAC, New European Writers. She has been writer-in-residence on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, and at the Heinrich Boll Cottage on Achill Island. She has also benefitted from annual artist residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and at Ginestrelle, Assisi in Italy. An academic with a PhD in modern theatre history, specifically the Royal Court Theatre, Sue has presented her research internationally. She spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. She has a PhD in modern theatre history (Royal Court Theatre) and is a UEA Creative Writing MA alumna. View all posts by suehealy

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