August 6, 2014
I haven't 'always dreamed of being a writer.' In fact I only started writing short stories about 18 months ago. I initially assumed this was the result of some blow to the head I don't remember receiving, but almost two years on the symptoms remain. Nothing I have ever done before has brought me such joy, terror, frustration or satisfaction. I love it. It has turned my world upside down and inside out. In an attempt to make some sort of sense of this madness, I did a couple of short courses earlier this year (Writer's Workshop, City University) which were really useful. To date I have one abandoned story I can't finish, two that I have 'finished' in the sense I have concluded them, though doubtless they need more editing, and another one on the go. That's all really. I've had people besides my mates and my mum say they like what I do, but there are tonnes of rookie errors too. I'd like to join you because I find the criticism and encouragement of peers helpful.
I expect people to be honest, constructive and considerate. I want to know what's good and what's less good, and I want to hear people's suggestions on how I can improve on the weaknesses in my work. I appreciate it when people can leave aside their differences in taste and focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the work on its own terms, though I know this is difficult. If I'm honest I think people should really read your work on the page rather than hear it out loud. Unless you're writing scripts of course, which I'm not. I find people give a thorough, considered response when they have to read something and appraise it in writing, and I'm not certain people's initial responses on hearing something will be quite so constructive, as it's harder to hold the work in mind without it being physically there in front of you. However I'm willing to give this a go and see if it works for me - I value any feedback I don't have to pay for!
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Via internet searches for writing circles in London.
Central or South East London ideally.
Grant writer who if she's really honest prefers writing stories to writing proposals. Spending less time on the former and more on the latter is the dream. Besides fiction I love lie-ins, fried breakfasts, real ale, pugs and Latin America.