When I first saw you, I had the sun in my eyes. You shone around the edges, a fireball of a man. In the moments it took me to focus on your centre, I’d absorbed you completely.
We are always happy to spread the word about brilliant initiatives in literature, and that is the case with the newly born Writeidea Prize: Short-Story Competition 2014.
The prize is a spin-off of the annual Writeidea festival, taking place from Friday 14th November to Sunday 16th November at Idea Store Whitechapel, East London. This year’s programme is still under construction, but you can sneak a peek at last year’s line-up here.
Debz Hobbs-Wyatt interviewed Kit Habianic for her blog Wordznerd Debz, asking the fellow novelist all kind of questions about the genesis of her debut work Until Our Blood Is Dry. The novel is a compelling depiction of delicate family dynamics at stake at the time of the 1984 Miners' Strike, thirty years ago.
Kit opened up about seven years of constant rethinking and redrafting, and the cruel reality of having your own creature dissected and torn apart by critics.
Once you finally capture the attention of someone in the industry, says Kit, the job is not done yet: carving out what might not work well with the whole is a painful but necessary process. Kit recounts how she decided to eliminate the three first chapters of Until Our Blood is Dry altogether, despite being strongly attached to some of the episodes in them.
Find our more about Kit's road to success, and get some useful tips on how to survive and thrive as a writer here.