With slight trepidation, I honed a couple of what I believe to be my better creative attempts and have entered them into the 2018 Bridport Prize.
The Bridport’s Short Story and Flash Fiction judge this year is Monica Ali, who has hit on this sound advice.
“I don’t know how I managed to write anything before I got a dog. Get a dog that is happy to listen to you reading your early drafts out loud, so that you can pick up when the rhythms are wrong, the pacing is off, or the dialogue needs to be honed. Get that kind of dog.”
I couldn’t agree with Monica Ali more because I am lucky enough to have that kind of dog in my life. Cassie patiently listens to everything I write, including the forty-nine chapters (more than once) that make up the novel-in-progress. On the whole, she wags her tail, but she has been known to yawn and on rare occasions, has even left the room. I don’t know what I would do without her.