When I was starting out on the writing ‘journey’ (oops sorry for using the j word), I studied everything I could find to help.
I began writing on an internet forum. It was a great place to start. I posted a chapter at a time but didn’t have a clue what was going to happen next. It was a wonderful way to build confidence. I began as an instinctive writer – I had no idea about the craft of writing. I had to learn that next.
There are many excellent books on the subject. I can recommend The Beginner’s Guide to Writing a Novel – Marina Oliver, The Creative Writing Student’s Handbook – Cathie Hartigan and Margaret James, and Sue Moorcroft’s Love Writing. Also, James Scott Bell’s book on Plot and Structure worked on a specific weak area of mine.
There are also magazines. Writing Magazine became a favourite. I’d devour it every month.
Last autumn I was asked if I’d like to be interviewed for their author profile feature. I didn’t hesitate. It was a real honour to become part of a magazine, which was – and still is – a big part of my learning process.
You can read the interview in the March edition of Writing Magazine, out now and also online. I love how the dogs have got in on the act!
PS the pic was taken at my writing group by the lovely Lynn Forth – thank you!