A week of incredible generosity from other writers :)

It has been a great week, this week and it really has all been down to the generosity of other writers. So I wanted to share that with everyone who’s writing this week but especially, with new writers like myself.

Firstly, I made contact with the lovely people at WriteStars and Rachel in particular. Rachel read the first chapter of my first draft and gave me some very useful and constructive feedback on it. She told me all about the courses run by WriteStars and advised me about the next steps I could choose to take from here. She did all this out of a generosity of spirit that was quite amazing to me and I really appreciated it. If I could have sent her a bunch of flowers, I would have done 🙂

http://writestars.co.uk

Then, when my NaNoWriMo got off to a bit of a slow start, my new found buddies picked me up, dusted me off and gave me the confidence to carry on. Thanks to their kind words, I am now past 20,000 words and feeling much happier. I have set time aside every day to write, following the advice of pretty much everyone out there who’s done it before and I have put the editing of my first novel on the back-burner for a bit. However, I have found time to keep reading chapters aloud and making editing notes on the hard copy to see to in December, along with all the other comments I have received through one means or another.

Finally, this Saturday, I spent the day in Bedford (UK) at the annual Festival of Romance. This was my first time but it definitely won’t be my last 🙂 What a great day! I listened to authors reading extracts from their novels, chatted with them at the Romance Fair afterwards, asked questions of a panel of authors and received very positive advice from them and attended a workshop called ‘Getting Published’. What amazed me was how upbeat and open they all were about their journeys and how encouraging they were about mine. They were all so generous with their time and their advice and it was so heartening and gratifying to be helped in that way.

Since then, I have followed many of those authors on Twitter and received even more help and advice, when I would have honestly expected them to be too busy. The moral of this post then seems to be that writers like to help each other, wherever they are along their path because they remember how it feels to be starting out and they’re glad to give back to others.

So a heart-felt thank you to everyone who has helped me this week with my writing. I hope that this post gives you an extra boost to keep going through week two of NaNo or whatever writing project you’re currently engaged in and if there’s anyone you’d like to thank for helping you with your writing this past week or a website you’ve found useful, why not share it with us below? Have a good week 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “A week of incredible generosity from other writers :)

  1. Hi, Just found you on Mumsnet.There’s so much information out there, sometimes it’s hard to keep focused. But there are so many of us with the same dream. 🙂
    Keep it up,
    Am following you on twitter and bloglovin’
    Hilary

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    • Hi Hilary,
      Thanks for getting in touch. This is such a coincidence because I took my degree in French many years ago and I have French family living in and around Bordeaux. My second novel, being written for NaNoWriMo this year is partly set in France, or will be when I get that far. Have followed you back on Twitter and enjoyed reading your history on your blog. 🙂

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  2. Sounds like the Artist Trust’s EDGE Program for Professional Development for Literary Artists here in Seattle Washington. There were 17 writers from all genres and we had professional writers and innovators to inspire, guide us and just created a wonderful writing environment. Thanks for your backstory, we all have stories to tell. Keep it up! Best Wishes, JBC

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    • Thanks for taking the time to read another of my posts. I’m glad you have something similar where you are because it really is so worthwhile to get together with other writers, as you say. I really like being able to talk about what I’m getting up to in my new writing life on my blog as well and it’s even better when other people are reading it. So thank you 🙂

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