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Competition time! Win an author’s kit

I’m celebrating. And to have you join in my celebrations I’m giving away everything you need to be a writer. Everything, except the sheer bloody mindedness, which I’m afraid you’ll have to cultivate yourself.

Would you like to win: coffee, biscuits, writing maps, notebooks and pen? You would? Great, read on.

Your prizeYour ultimate writer’s kit includes:

Four Writing Maps! Containing prompts, illustrations and suggested reading on a theme, these pocket sized beauties are perfect for when you need a bit of inspiration. Each map has at least 12 prompts and these can be used anywhere, in groups or alone, and can give you an idea to transform your surroundings, observations and memories into stories. In your prize are: The Writing Over the Top Map, Writing with Fabulous Trees Map, Writing People Map and My Writing Life Map

Two pocket/ handbag sized lined notebooks, just perfect to carry around for when you need to jot something down

A Pilot G-Tec C4 pen, in a fetching coppery brown colour

A bag of freshly roasted coffee from Nottingham’s own Roasting House, to bring on that period of intense productivity we all need once in a while

A box of superior Elsa’s Story lemon butter cookies to munch while editing

How to enter

You have a number of different ways to enter the competition and each one will give you extra chances to win.

  1. Follow this blog and leave a comment below
  2. Follow my Facebook page and leave a greeting on my wall
  3. Follow me on Twitter and RT my pinned tweet for this competition

The competition will close on 31 March and the winner will be announced on 2 April.

*Open to UK and RoI residents only

Writing maps

In the endless stream of articles and posts about curing writers’ block, there’s lots of advice about writing anything, just anything, to get your shift on. Morning pages. Free writing. Notebooks. But what about maps?

Writing maps are a lovely little resource that come in handy handbag sized packets. Each map contains a series of prompts around a theme – art galleries, cafes, cities, characters and so on – complete with suggested reading around the topic and lovely illustrations. The maps fold out into a handy yet versatile companion to your everyday writing life. (Writing maps also produce matching notebooks – my fingers are itching to buy some to go with my map stash but I have about 19 unused notebooks in my cupboard that I justifiably need to make some dent into before I buy more.)

I have short sketches, flash fiction and musings all produced from the writing maps. I like the variety of subjects, the downright nosiness of the suggestions, and the space they afford you to sit and write down what the hell comes to mind.

But there’s more! You can now buy the A3 Review, a collection of flash fiction by a variety of authors. We responded to prompts for monthly competitions and here we are, in a folded journal for your reading pleasure. “We?” I hear you say? Why yes.

I have a modest contribution in the A3 Review – my piece was a re-examination of a favourite word. The word I chose was: Diphthong. Of course.

Writing Maps offer maps, writing courses and more – you can follow them on Twitter, Facebook or sign up for their newsletter. Go on, you know you want to. And don’t forget to buy the A3 Review…