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Linda Booth, LISP Flash Fiction FINALIST

LISP Flash Fiction FINALIST, THE RENEWAL by Linda Booth

Hello, I’m Linda, I’m 55 and have had Admin jobs all my life. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2005 and I was still able to work but unfortunately in 2010 something snapped and my Fibro became full-on and I haven’t worked since.

I’m now living in a very pretty ground floor flat in Netley and I love it here. I belong to a writer’s circle and book club and also an art group. My dream is to become an author and when my Fibromyalgia lets me, I’m always writing.

Oddly enough the person that made me want to write was John-Boy from the Waltons. My dad always watched that programme so my sister and I had to too. I always admired how dedicated John-Boy was and I wanted to be just like him.

I’ve had two short stories published, an article and several poems in books. I’ve also been shortlisted a few times but have never won any competitions. I have written four books (all unpublished) but I’m not giving up hope.

I try to write everyday (two or three hours) and have a strict writing schedule – that admittedly I can’t always keep to.

Other people achieving their goals really inspire me. If they can do it, why can’t I?

I feel very proud to have my work recognised. To see my name in print is an amazing feeling. It tells me I’ve accomplished something in my life.

The idea for my flash fiction came to me when I was coming home one night. It was very dark and quiet. I was in my wheelchair, alone and a thought that my life in a single, silent, swoop could be over so quickly. But it also made me think in contrast how beautiful the night really is, if only you took the time to look up.

My tips. Never give in, set yourself reasonable goals and write what you want to write about.

The bad thing about competitions is not seeing your name in the short or long list. The good thing is when you do – your dizzy heart always misses a beat!



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