I went to my Writing Group last night. A gen-u-ine group, not fictitious like The Writing Class. But exactly like them in one respect. We are a mixed bunch of people…different ages…different backgrounds… different personalities …and most importantly, friends.
Because we’d had a break to match the school holidays there was a lot of catching up to do re families and writing projects before we got down to the nitty-gritty of writing.. Most of us had been in email contact… what would we do without the internet! We also had a mini-meeting in my home, a couple of weeks ago, but it’s not the same when everyone isn’t there
First on the Agenda was my website. I’m the only member who has one. We discussed it’s surprising [to me] worldwide popularity and passed on to my books, which have slipped in the ratings. At the moment they aren’t the same resounding success as my website. [Oops! Maybe I shouldn’t have told you that!] And what had I done over the break? Easy.., my fourth novel is well on the way, plus a collection of short stories is in the pipeline and, of course, a follow up to Deception Unlimited and the crazy life of Thomasina Bennett. Not to mention the weekend serial, Brad and Lucy, which takes up so much time… and this Blog.
Believe me, being a writer is harder work than being employed!
We do have other published members. One moved about a hundred miles from the area to be nearer family and the other is having a Sabbatical. Two members with completed novels are actively seeking agents. The rest are learning the craft.
Because, friends, writing is a craft.
If you are considering writing a novel the first thing to decide is the genre. This will probably be influenced by the type of books you read.Romance, bodice ripper, suspense, horror, murder mystery, police procedural, science fiction, children’s fiction, paranormal, non-fiction etc.
I’ve mentioned before that writing comes easy to me but when I decided to upgrade it from a hobby, I bought innumerable ‘How to do it’ books, a couple of A4 pads, a pack of pens, and joined a Creative Writing class. One of the first things I was told was ‘chose something you feel comfortable with. Write about what you know.’
O—kay. That made sense. Until I thought about it.
How many people writing murder mysteries had actually killed someone? Fallen in love with a vampire? Travelled in outer space? I felt I could possibly have a head start…I had actually seen ghosts.
So the first thing I wrote was a cv listing the many things I could use in my writing.
I got the job!
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