Joining a writerscircle

Fortunately, help is at hand in the form of writers' circles and websites, conferences, seminars and courses.

Your local library should have details of writers' activities in your area and writing organisations will be only too pleased to add your name to their mailing lists. Societies, associations and websites for writers are listed at the end of this book but for some excellent on-the-spot advice, here are some words of wisdom from established writing professionals:

♦ ' I look for a strong story with believable, interesting characters that I know I will be able to interest a publisher in. Most irritating are sloppy writing, author arrogance and incorrect assumptions about the trade.' (Carole Blake, agent)

♦ 'Don't just sit there - get on with it!' (Patricia Burns, novelist)

♦ ' If you don't enjoy what you are writing, no one else will.' (Martina Cole, novelist)

♦ 'Don't wait for inspiration to come. Sit down and write, however hard it is. The act of writing itself stimulates the creative flow.' (Michael Green, humorist)

♦ 'Write every day, even if it's only for an hour a day, keep one hour sacred. Do not wait for inspiration, you may wait in vain.' (Susan Moody, crimewriter)

♦ 'Make writing your top priority after family and moral obligations, making sure you spend a certain amount of time each week either writing or thinking your story through, even if it means evening work. Read your work aloud and check for pace etc.' (Margaret Nash, children's writer)

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