Short Story

‘Drifter’ has landed

My short story Drifter has found a home in The Regal Fox. This story is grungy, raw and unflinching.

I am delighted to have a story published in The Regal Fox; this publication is dedicated to giving a voice to new and exciting writers. Looking forward to seeing this publication grow and grow.

Please leave a comment on The Regal Fox website if you like my story.

http://theregalfox.com.au/2016/12/07/drifter-by-matthew-naqvi-nsfw/

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Wrap

Just like that, another November has come and gone. This was my second NaNoWriMo attempt and while I didn’t hit the same target as my first attempt, I still got a lot of writing done.

I ended up writing 12,062 words with an average daily count of 402 words per day. It was fun to watch the word count rise and less fun when it was stagnant. In the end, writing a page and a quarters worth every day was productive and exciting. It was real progress and it made me feel like more of a writer.

There were clear moments of some great writing happening and conversely, moments where I was writing anything to have the pen moving and the page filling up. Most importantly, I wrote. I wrote every day. No matter how busy my day was, no matter what other commitments were lingering or what mood I was in. Finding that routine again and sticking to it has helped me immensely. It meant greater focus and direction for my novel, new short stories and a slew of poems.

The middle of the month proved to be the time that hurt. I didn’t write as much as I should have. It put me a little behind and I doubted myself. But I pushed on. I refocused and got myself on track and the final week saw some big numbers. And quality words too. Not just hitting a daily word count or filling pages for fun.

The novel has come forward and is taking shape. The short stories are in a decent shape ready to mould into a complete being. The poetry has potential to be decent. With some mish mashing, there may be a few goodies in the mix.

Social media engagement played a factor in my writing too. Twitter has it’s up and downs, but seeing other writers daily word counts was a real drive to keep going. Getting words of encouragement from strangers helped push me along. Words from friends really lifted me when the words weren’t coming or I simply didn’t feel like writing.

The website posts also made a difference. I received great support, feedback from my posts and gained followers. It was a pleasure to share my NaNoWriMo journey with everyone.

I honestly recommend every writer have a crack at NaNoWriMo at least once. Whether you are someone who writes 1667 words a day all the time or someone who writes 50 words here and there, it is an exciting task to take on. One you will definitely learn form.

I am looking forward to getting some more writing done over the holiday period. I have some solid editing to do, whipping the novel into shape and getting those short stories ready to at least show my trusted readers.

I hope everyone has enjoyed my NaNoWriMo updates. It has been a refreshing experience and I am glad I got to share it.

 

Melton Short Story Awards 2016

On Friday night, the Melton Short Story Awards presentation took place. It was a delightful evening. I gave my speech as the judge of the teen short story section and presented the awards. It was great to see the talented teenagers who had written the finalist pieces. It was also uplifting to see their smiles as they collected their prizes.

In the adult section, three of my writing students from the Wordsmiths of Melton had made the finals. And it went amazingly! The three women took out the trifecta! The top 3 was dominated by the Wordsmiths of Melton. Their hard work, determination and belief got them over the line and they deserved their places. And I was chuffed. I still am.

The fact that all of the group was there, bar one member, made it all the more special. Our claps and cheers erupted throughout the room. There may have been a fist pump or two by me. Our celebrations afterwards were well deserved. It was a truly incredible night. I won’t be forgetting it anytime soon.

 

Offset Sixteen launch

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Offset Project Director Alison Whan and I revelling in the good vibes at the Offset Sixteen launch.

Friday night saw the launch of Offset Sixteen at VU at MetroWest and what an awesome night it was. The editorial team put on a special event with engaging speakers and readings.

It was fun to see members of the previous Offset teams and my lecturers and tutors from my uni days. There is nothing better than hanging with young creatives and hearing about their exciting projects.

The journal looks fresh with it’s progressive and impressive cover and the works within are riveting. I am delighted to have my short story ‘Still Dead’ included in such an edgy and thoughtful literary journal.

Grab a copy of Offset Sixteen for the best writing in the western suburbs and beyond.

 

Big year ahead!

Hello for the first time in 2016! I have been writing, editing, workshopping and all sorts of other creative goodness. The last couple of weeks have been full on with deadlines and applications. Fingers crossed!

My novel progress is going well and I have been working on a short story or two along the way. I have also had a  good conversation or two with writer friends which always keeps the energy flowing.

Here’s to a busy year of writing!