‘Just why the hell am I doing this?’

It’s a question many a writer has asked / screamed at* themselves as the rejections from literary agents pile up, without so much as a longlisting in that competition that cost 20 quid. (*delete as applicable.)

Yep, rejection abounds when you’re a writer – and it’s always a gut-pummelling moment. To help weather the blows, I started this blog. There are posts about how to write, what not to write, and lots of thoughts on how to find a literary agent for your novel. It took me quite a while, but my hard graft finally paid off this year and I’m now represented by Rowan Lawton of Furniss Lawton.

So don’t give up. Please. Just #KeepWriting. And if you need some inspiration, pull up a chair and take a look around. I’d love to hear what you think.

Oh, and I’m on Twitter  too if you want to follow me.


Fiona Mitchell


Work by Fiona Mitchell:

My debut novel The Maid’s Room is currently on submission to publishers at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.

Check out my story ‘Plenty More Where You Came From’, which won the Frome Short Story Competition last year.

Read Black Lines in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8.

The Colour of Mud is published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7.

Find The Quiet Numb of Nothing in the Bath Short Story Award Anthology.

UFO Dad, was commended in the Yeovil Literary Prize. Read it in the Yeovil Literary Prize Anthology.

My story Sea Gift has been shortlisted for this year’s Bristol Prize and will be published in the ninth anthology in October.


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