And the quest goes on - I DO want to write part two
I now try to get
to the Harrogate Crime Writers Festival every year. It’s a great place, a place
where ordinary people like me can mingle with wonderful crime writers, such as Mel
Sherratt, Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Elizabeth Haynes, and Harlan Corben.
One of the
people I met at my first Creative Thursday (yes, I’ve done more than one!), was
Jackie. We both sat nervously, waiting for the first session, and started to
talk to each other. Jackie has become a great friend, was later instrumental in
helping me to further my pursuit.
In May 2012 I
saw an advert for a one day creative writing workshop, intriguingly called A
man comes into the room with a gun... Crime writer Zoe Sharpe was running the
workshop. I downloaded one of her books, found that she was a really good
author, I also found a great heroine in Charlie Fox. (If anything, my quest to
become a writer is opening my eyes to some fabulous new, (to me), authors). I immediately
signed myself up.
I learnt about the importance of a great first line, and techniques to keep my
readers reading. It was a very full, but fun day. I left exhausted, but even
more sure that I wanted to write, and more sure that I wanted to be a crime
Meanwhile, my job
situation was becoming unstable. I had worked for thirteen years for one of the
largest housing providers in Nottingham, but the chances of my job being cut
was becoming more and more evident. I needed to think about the future. I
started to look at University courses, was I to old to start a new career?
could I hack a university course after so many years out of school?
was running a six week evening course From
Idea to Publication, if I could handle this, University would be a breeze,
Have you even taken any writing courses, what did you think of them?