Monday, 25 June 2007

A. Writer says hello....

Hi everyone! I’m A. Writer. In name and by action. Okay, I’ll admit it, A. Writer isn’t my real name (Nah! You’re all saying, you don’t say! But wouldn‘t it be fantastic if it was!) I use ‘ A. Writer’ as my alias as my writing is a secret. Only a few people around me know that I write. I don’t know why I’ve kept it a secret-I’m probably scared they will laugh at me and tell me I’m wasting my time. Or they think it’s another hobby that I’ll get bored of after a while.

Anyway, I would describe myself as a chick lit/women’s fiction writer. I’m a 26 year old female and I’m from Dundee. I’ve been a member of the Novel Racers since February-ish and I’ve been creatively writing since mid-2005. Since I was very small I’ve always had a book in my hand, often reading 2 or 3 books at once. It’s something I try not to do now but sometimes I just can’t help myself. My chick lit/Women’s fiction ‘library’ at home stands at nearly 150 books.

My first novel, If Not Now, Then When? came about when I went into WH Smith to buy a book to read, couldn’t see one that took my fancy so the idea of writing my own novel popped into my head. It took me a good 18 months, on and off, to write the first draft (the first 10k was typed up on a palm top-not easy!) and it’s now at the long and laborious editing stage. It has been entered into the Cosmo/Waterstones Miss Write competition and depending on the outcome of that, it’ll be subbed to agents at some point soon.

My second novel was an intense and personal story. For that reason it has been put on hold indefinitely. I wrote about 20k words and was incredibly proud of the storyline however it became to difficult to write. I do hope to start writing it again however, it won’t happen in the foreseeable future.

My third novel is coming along nicely. I have over 10k words and feel incredibly positive about it. My first attempt at writing in the 1st person. So far so good!

Over the past few months I have been battling against the ‘wobbles’. Every so often I get the feelings that I’m not up to being a writer and think I should give up. I’m never sure where these insecurities come from but they are, unfortunately, a regular thing in my life now. The good news is I’m learning to beat them away with a large metaphorical stick. Being a member of the Novel Racers has helped me beat the wobbles as the comments and support I get from you guys makes me feel I’m not alone, as being a writer can be a lonely job sometimes. Reading your blogs (although I don’t always comment) helps me realise that I’m not the only one out there that gets the wobbles.

Unfortunately, I’ve had contend with ‘someone’ making me feel a little useless recently. They make it fairly clear that my knowledge of the writing world isn’t what it should be if I want to be published. What they and I have to remember is I’m still fairly new to this game and I’m willing to learn what I don’t know.

I’m currently on a little hiatus from blogging, which I hope to come back from with fewer wobbles and lots of ideas for my writing.

Keep up the good work everyone! We’re all doing so well!


Nichola said...

Hello "A Writer"! If I could make a suggestion? It took me a while to tell people I'm a writer...after all, if you write, that's what you are. Being an author on the other hand is different (to me that means you're published). But once I started saying it, it became more real and my confidence grew.

What I'm saying is, if it's your passion, then you should be proud of it. And if someone mocks you, just tell them you have my phone number and you can call on me any time to kneecap the swines!

Good to see you in blogland once more.

And never be ashamed of what you are. Writing's fun and I bet you're far better than you think.


Nichola the Kneecapper.

Jen said...

I guess we don't need to know all the ins and outs of the publishing world in order to write - other people have researched that for us! We just have to plunder their knowledge before we send our babies out in to the world :)

I think a few wibbles are ok - they lend a certain fragility to writing. Nobody wants to be steamrollered by words!!


Rowan Coleman said...

Dear A Writer, when I started out I was planning to make my pen name 'Jane Austin' and call my first book Pride and Prejudice! (it seemed like a plan at the time)I am so impressed that you are on your third novel and are as yet unpublished, you must have massive drive. But I meet an awful lot of writers who seem hesitant about making that next step in submitting to agents etc. It's not as scary as it seems and a good agent will always give you excellent advice and feeback, without putting you down. Don't hide your love of writing and if you really want to see your books on the shelves then go for it, take that next step and have the courage of your conviction. And if you need tips or advice then ask the published writers amongst the racers, I'm sure we're are all happy to give you what help we can!

A. Writer said...

Thanks. Submitting is a very scary step to make.

liz fenwick said...

You are doing so well just keep going :-)