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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 →