Place—Brisbane Writers Festival
Where do I begin… In a room of aspiring writers hoping to learn the secrets of how to improve their skills and chasing that elusive dream of “someday” becoming a published author. The lovely Anna Campbell and Christine Wells (aka Christina Brooke) encouraged this small group of women to join the Romance Writers of Australia, enter competitions and acquire feedback. And, most importantly, to write, write, write.
With precisely one and a half stories under my belt, I followed their advice, joined the RWA and entered my first competition. To my stunned delight, my little story came third at my first conference in Melbourne 2011.
Cut to Brisbane Writers Festival 2012…
Being a pantser (flying by the seat of my pants more than first creating detailed plotting), I opted to attend a BWF session on the Unpredictable Plotter, presented by the fabulous Toni Jordan whose third novel, Nine Days, has just been released. Figured I’d learn something more about how to plot.
And discovered I was one of only two published authors in attendance. I also learned just how much I’ve learned in the intervening two years. The questions asked by my fellow attendees sounded like me two years ago. From that first session to this most recent one, I’ve soaked up the freely given advice offered by multi-published authors, attended two RWA conferences, and worked on my craft.
And in under four months, my little story, so privately written and nervously entered in that first competition last year will debut on a very public stage, courtesy of Lyrical Press and fabulous friends who encouraged me to enter it, first in the RWA’s Emerald Award, and then in Lyrical’s competition from which it was contracted.
By sharing my journey to this point, I hope to encourage you to take that first step. Attend that writers’ festival, join that writers’ group, enter those competitions and gain invaluable feedback. But most importantly, keep writing.
I’d love to hear your story. Won’t you share your writing journey so far?