Writing can be a very lonely process and even the most successful authors often describe periods of self-doubt. I am learning quickly it is the people around you that can keep you going when you begin to question your path.
I am exceptionally lucky to say I have great support and it feels as if it grows every day! As well as my patient husband and family fan club (particularly my 5 year old daughter), I am also a member of the Northern Beaches Writers’ Group led by the wondeful Zena Shapter. Sharing my journey (and drafts) with other writers is such an eye opening experience and one I treasure at every meeting, every month. I highly recommend it! It was a book co-authored by members of this group Scribbles in the Dark that won me my first major award, National Best Book 2013 in the Write-a-Book-in-a-Day Competition. We even made the news!
To keep me moving forward I also signed up to NaNoWriMo (read more about that decision here). I am thrilled to say, the literary magazine Writer’s Edit has been following my journey and asked me to share it with their readers. They have shown me such incredible support so of course I was happy to do so. You can find that article here.
The first 33,000 words of NaNoWriMo have brought me to the end of the first draft of a children’s fantasy novel and I am starting on the second book of the series as I keep working towards the goal of 50,000 words this November. I know I will make it largely because of all the wonderful people around me.
Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot if difference. They don’t have to makes speeches. Just believing is usually enough.” – Stephen King, On Writing
I couldn’t agree more with Mr King! For anyone out there beginning your writing journey, surround yourself with great people who support you and you can succeed!
Happy writing everyone!