Today I attended my first writing workshop. We learnt how to set up a blog, and how to avoid the pitfalls of blogging. Then we had a very enjoyable creative writing class, in which we were given different pictures, and objects to write a story around. My picture was of a young girl working on a farm. It looked around the 1950’s and she had a very sad expression on her face as she carried a bucket of what looked like manure. There was a stern looking woman stood behind her, with her hands on her hips (which I said was her mother!)The creative writing teacher was an absolute scream. She giggled and joked throughout the session (and was mostly funny!).
After a break for lunch (sandwiches and cakes, provided for by the library) we had a serious discussion on plot structure, characterization and dialogue. The teacher, a well versed writer herself, shared her secrets on publishing, self publishing and e kindles – and all the pitfalls that it can bring. She said (and I quote):
“There has never been a better time to become an author!”
I feel inspired to start my third book in my trilogy, set around the same family as each generation deals with their own diversities and conflicts.