Life’s been a bit busy lately, hence the lack of Found Poet action. I’ll update you on all of that soon, but for now I’m handing over the keys to fellow writer and friend, Victoria Watson.
Victoria’s just published a book of short stories, Letting Go, available now on Amazon, so get downloading. I’ve got them filed on my Kindle app ready for my trip to Germany next week. It’s nice to know I’ll have something good to read on the train.
Take it away Victoria!
Thanks for letting me chat on your blog today. I’d like to talk about the importance of a good network when you’re a writer.
I started writing regularly when I decided to take a Masters in Creative Writing at Northumbria Uni. I met some swell folks (yourself included) and since then I realised the significance of having a bunch of writer-types who understand what you’re going through.
It’s nice to have a supportive partner or a friend or family member who will read your work but, unless they are writers themselves, they just don’t understand. There’s so much to consider – voice, pace, dialogue, layout and so on. Lots of people will tell you “Yeah, that’s nice” but you need someone to tell you what would make it better. That’s where your writing network comes in.
Through the power of Twitter and Facebook, I also “met” some other amazing writers. I started my blog http://elementaryvwatson.wordpress.com in April 2011 and through that, it got me noticed by people and through Twitter, I was invited by Darren Sant to blog on Close to the Bone. From there, I’ve developed my blog, featuring a ‘Getting to Know You’ section where I give writers the opportunity to reach a new audience. I’ve also been invited onto lots of lovely blogs to write about my writing and give opinions on current events.
I recently self-published my own collection of eight short stories called ‘Letting Go’. I decided to self-publish because I wanted to gauge public reaction to my stories and so far it’s been a real confidence-boost. I’ve got a few short stories that I’m working on at the moment and I’m hoping to release another collection soon.
When I’m having times when I can’t write, I go onto Twitter or Facebook, email or text one of my writer buddies and I know they will gee me up. I like to think I do the same for them. I read a lot of WIPs (works in progress) and give feedback on it for people, like they do for me. When I was looking for cover art for ‘Letting Go’, the wonderful Fiona Johnson (AKA McDroll) sourced it and designed the cover for me.
Earlier this week, I attended a talk for World Book Day and met one of my Twitter friends, writer Zoe Sharp. Next weekend, I’m going to the launch of the new Radgepacket anthology and am going to finally meet a lot of my network for the first time.
Thanks to social networking, I have friends all over the world and some on my doorstep. This means no matter what time, day or night, I know there’ll be someone there to chat to.
You can download ‘Letting Go’ here
You can also read more of my work here and you can catch me at goodreads.com and twitter @vpeanuts
Thanks very much Victoria. Good luck with your writing!!!