It’s that time again – the summer is coming to an end and there’s the panicky feeling that AGAIN the great novel you’d resolved to write in January is nowhere near finished. Or hardly started. Or maybe it’s still just an ephemeral gleam in your eye …
Don’t beat yourself up. Guilt and remorse won’t nourish creativity – unless you believe a breast-thumping woe-is-me litany of regret might engage readers. I think not.
What I do think is that positive action taken now will be a commitment to make it happen in 2015. You want to write? So do it! And here are my suggestions:
- Sign up for a six month Write a Novel course. This is the prestigious Faber Academy’s tried, tested, and hugely endorsed practical engagement with the art of the novel. It includes a teaching component, peer reviewing and individual tutorials. There are a few weeks till the October 2019 deadline closes, and another chance to apply for the January 2020 intake. See: http://bit.ly/1FITyBg
- Perhaps you’re not a group person. Individual mentoring may suit you better. If so, the Gold Dust Mentoring Scheme for Writers could be the perfect way to guarantee a year of supported inspiration. It’s competitive – a commitment on the parts of mentors (all experienced and acclaimed writers) as well as mentees. But as feedback shows, it can be a focused and enormously successful experience.
So there are your options – two of them, anyway. And out of the overwhelming array of creative writing help on offer at all levels and from all quarters, as least I can say with absolute confidence that these are tried, tested, and guaranteed to have the best interests of the writer – yours! – at heart. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.