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Keep Motivated – Attend a Conference

Fishguard Bay Hotel

Fishguard Bay Hotel – location of the Writers’ Holiday

I’ve just come back from a great weekend at the Writers’ Holiday in Fishguard. I confess I am something of a junkie when it comes to writing conferences and festivals. Why? Because they are FUN! They may provide an excellent learning experience, the opportunity to network with other writers even agents and to rub shoulders with favourite authors and some of the big names in the literary world, but I love them because I always have such a great time.

Over the years, I have attended writers’ get-togethers at the Winchester Conference and the Writers’ Holiday plus a couple of Avon courses. I’m lucky that my home town of Swindon runs what has now become a two week literature festival, and the Cheltenham Festival is also within easy reach.

Fire your enthusiasm

I first went to Winchester some fifteen years ago and when I got back home, I told my non-writing husband what a great time I’d had. When I eventually stopped gushing and he managed to get a word in, he asked if I planned to go again the following year. I thought for a second or two and then replied only if I could earn the money to pay from it by selling my writing. That was the beginning of my determination to be a real writer. To produce something that people who didn’t know me would be prepared to actually pay for. Continue reading

Back to Basics – characters

Character flaws and conflict

A re-draft of my latest novel happened to coincide with FutureLearn Open University online course about creating characters which several members of my Writing Group are following. Always pushed for time – there are never enough days in my week – I did think twice before embarking on it, but as it was advertised as needing only 3 hours for each of the 8 weeks, I decided to give it a go. Nothing ventured … as they say! Continue reading