So studying, working part-time, learning to drive and dealing with a number of bumps along the way… but I’m here again updating you all on my tinkering with writing.
So, what has this busy bee been doing? First things first, working on a novel.
Yes! I always thought of novel writing as a hobby to work on in the background and a bit of a pipe dream for myself… However, being back at University surrounded by some encouraging voices and passion-driven creatives, it’s made me re-examine the idea.
I am nowhere near completion but I have to say it’s nice to throw myself back into such a personal creative project. I’m not writing bios for other people or describing products (although there’s nothing bad about that), this is a ‘for Charl’s eyes only’ project at the moment… And it’s feeling pretty great. There will come a time for critique and inspection, and knowing that I have access to that via University peers and other writing networks is greatly reassuring.
For now though, it’s my piece to tinker with and enjoy and that feels awesome. 🙂
What else is new?
Well, I spent some time at the Wolverhampton Literature Festival. If you don’t know about it – you should!
I couldn’t make all the events due to work and other commitments but I checked out a couple I found rather useful, a talk given by the New Street Authors group on routes and experiences into indie/self-publishing [check out the details here] and a crime writing talk titled How to Get Away with Murder by various authors [again, if you’re interested details here].
As part of my University course, I got the chance to go to The Guardian HQ in London and ask some of their staff various questions about writing for journalism, social media, developing networks and future developments – if you ever get to sneak a peak in a company you like then I say go for it! Again, this event opened up my eyes to things I didn’t know were out there [The Guardian’s Education Centre].
I also recommend that, if you can, take the time to look for your local literary events, I’ve been actively engaging in writing circles for a couple of years now and I’m still finding new opportunities and groups out there that are worth a look. I really wholeheartedly recommend that anyone who is interested in writing should connect with other writers [and readers!], it’s a valuable resource for improving your writing and engaging your creativity.
Don’t forget, social media is a great way to dip your toe into new worlds! Feel free to follow me on Twitter and say hello!