My novel continues to evolve slowly in unstructured dribs and drabs. What I really need is a great big kick up the bottom to make some real progress. And I think that I've had one, from my lovely brother Paul Bernard Harris!
He's alerted me to Richard and Judy's Writing Competition. If I can get my finger out and submit the first 10,000-12,000 words of a story before 1 January I will be in with a chance of winning a £50,000 publishing deal. It's tough but do-able. And even in the unlikely(!) event that I don't win it will force me to approach my writing practice with a little bit of discipline.