I returned home with my head buzzing and lost all track of time, as I embarked on a wine-fuelled creative writing binge.
I'm in the process of editing the fifth re-write of my novel in progress so there is no better time to give it a kick up the plotline and I cannot think of any better way to stimulate my creative juices than to spend a day in the company of:
My long-suffering, resident critique(r)- in-chief read the 1000th rewrite of my synopsis yesterday, which came back with more highlighted sections that my last 999 efforts.
More recently I was lucky enough to have the first few thousand words of my second re-write critiqued by Lorna Fergusson of Fictionfire. It was a detailed evaluation and one that I benefitted from enormously. I am sure she sensed my plot was leading up to a saggy middle but, thanks to her fiery suggestions as to how the plot might go, I am confident that my middle is much less flabby.
It is amazing what a couple days spent with like minded people can do for you. I feel like like my system has been rebooted and I have had to find a bigger box for my writer's tools. Between Friday evening and lunch time today 10 of us absorbed the collective words of wisdom of... Continue Reading →
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"There is no such thing as an 'aspiring writer'. You are a writer. Period.” Matthew Reilly, Area 7 I agree with Matthew Reilly's words of wisdom from his novel Area 7 to a degree, but you have to aspire to succeed and to succeed you need confidence. Starting out as a writer is a... Continue Reading →
As it says in the blurb ... wake up the writer in you and after a weekend in the company of Adrienne Dines and Barbara Large of Creative Words Matter held at Jersey's Arts Centre this weekend, this aspiring writer has been awake all night. We are so incredibly lucky on our small island of Jersey... Continue Reading →