Living up north is so
frustrating at times because getting to workshops you are really interested in
is impossible. This one that I will be discussing was in November
and in Sydney. I love reading about
things but doing workshops is so helpful and inspiring. The problem up here is having such limited
access. Unless we go further afield we don’t get as wide a choice of
topics. For instance this
interview answered a few questions for me but I would have loved to have been
there for the actual workshop this author was holding but alas it was in Sydney.
You may have noted by now that I subscribe to
a more than a few writing publications.
I can’t help myself as I am always on the search for more knowledge, particularly
of this kind. Being a techphobic
I tend to wallow in this type of information because I can actually read it and
understand it, and even take it on board whilst I wait for another rejection
that is pushing me closer to jumping on board the self-publishing wagon of
hazardous to my health technology. Although we are now at the end of the year I
am including a link to this article and the publication in case anyone out
there is interested in the sorts of things to be found in Newsbite. If you want to learn more click on the word courses. I actually live in Townsville but subscribe
to Newsbite because I do find so much that is relevant for me. The Newsbite interview dated the 26th October 2015 and put out by the NSW Writers Centre is withDianne Blacklock on Writing Romance. It helped me understand a little more on what is wrong with some of my
writing. It is amazing how much help there is out there for the hopeful author.
Dianne has written nine novels of woman’s
contemporary fiction including The Best
Man. In this one like in all of them
serious issues are dealt with and I think often surprise the reader when they
come up. I wondered why her choice of
genre was romance or what is often referred to as women’s fiction, or life lit. I wanted to know if she chose it/them as it
is more than just romance that she writes about or did the genre/s choose her?
When asked the question Dianne's answer was very simple. She tells us that when she met with a publisher she was told to 'write what you know' and what she knew and
was interested in exploring, was ‘people and how they relate to one another -
women, men, kids, parents, friends, at home, at work, anywhere’. For me this is the ultimate as it is what I
want to do, I want to write what I know, have seen and done because I hope it
may resonate with those that have had the experience, or that those that may
not have had the opportunities can live vicariously (embellishments will be
included, hey my life has been interesting but...). It is fascinating though that what is real
life comes under the broad umbrella of women's fiction. I am betting that this author would have a
lot to add at the workshop about this labelling. I mean, is men’s lit about
What held my attention the most though was
her answer to why writers go wrong when trying to write compelling
love stories? Having had yet another
rejection by a traditional publisher and being a writer that had hoped her
story was compelling I had to understand more.
The following I have taken directly from the piece in Newsbite as it
covers two things I think I have failed at, revealing character and showing
genuine emotion. I quote:
“The thing is, it has to be
considered in the same light as any scene or element in your narrative - is it
furthering the story, and/or revealing character? If it's not, it's going to
feel unnatural no matter how well it's written. But if you're writing about
people, love relationships are likely to be an integral part of their journey......
..... It's perfectly acceptable to write around sex scenes, to 'fade out' and
close the bedroom door, but there's still a lot of skill in writing to that
point, creating a mood, and building tension. And if you decide to leave the
door open, it's essential to convey genuine emotions and sensations, whatever
they may be.”
thought I was genuine but there is obviously room to explore here. There is a skill
to being genuine and writing genuinely, and without this revealing character
may not go as planned. This is why I
keep reading as well as writing. There
is such a lot to learn before I even get my book up there and endure the
panic-stricken stage of pressing that button and sending my work in outer space. It is coming however one way or another in
the very early part of 2016 so please stay tuned.
the meantime watch this space for some news on a writer that has managed to
throw it up there.