It’s that time again – the countdown till the end of the year, the frenzy. And the sinking feeling that AGAIN the great novel you’d resolved to write last 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. My NEW DAYTIME class starts on 31January and takes place on Mondays till the end of June. For those who can’t make daytime there are evening courses. 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.