Ok.. so I’ve had a run of book reviews here on my blog and I thought it was about time to write a personal post.
I didn’t quit writing, as I suggest I might in The Day IQuit Writing.
I did make it to the end of November with 50000 words and 30 Picture Book ideas.
I also went away for 2 weeks in November, but before we went away, I had the opportunity to spend a day with an author and work on the first 50 pages of my YA contemporary novel. There were four of us busily working on our laptops while the lovely Mary Hawkins moved between us, reading, helping and guiding. The day was filled with wonderful conversation and loads of laughs.
I was advised by a couple of published authors to focus on one genre until I get published, and develop a readership. At the moment I write picture books, chapter books and YA. So they gave me something to think about with that.
We also spoke quite a bit about formatting and editing. Smaller publishers who take on unsolicited manuscripts don’t have the time or resources to edit like the larger companies, so to have a chance a publication, the correct formatting and a professional edit is very important.
A great tip Mary had was to enlarge the font to super large to pick up any spacing errors.
I also spent an afternoon in Paula Vince’s Page Turning Fiction Masterclass. Most of what she shared I had heard or read before, but to hang out with ten other writers was just fantastic. Paula had us honing in on our skill with writing exercises which mostly ended in laughter.
These two days were part of the Word Writers Fair in Brisbane. A great conference both for those with a Christian background or without.
Today I am a guest! I’ve written a poem. Please pop on over to Princess Warrior Lessons.