Positive Thought 6/12/2018

Today’s positive… received my first full structural edit from my editor, and I am thrilled with the level of constructive and in-depth report I was sent. So much work to do but it feels so good to have some direction and guidance. If you need an editor Jessica Trudel is certainly recommended.

Positive Thought 15/8/2018

Today’s positive…I was listening to my favourite podcast on the way to work this morning when I heard my name mentioned. I had left a review a few weeks back on ITunes and it was read aloud. I just sat there at the red light with a massive smile which lasted all the way to work.

Do yourself a favour and check out their podcast So You Want To Be A Writer and let yourself be entertained by Allison Tait and Valerie Khoo.

Positive Thought 18/1/2018

Podcasts and audible books – a blessing on a longer than normal commute.

Caught up on podcast episode 218 of So You Want To Be A Writer on my way to work this morning. Allison Tait and Valerie Khoo always make me smile.

Brene Brown’s Braving The Wilderness entertained me on the way home with her wisdom and beautiful view of the world.

Inspired by Al & Val

Feeling totally inspired and motivated after listening to yet another amazing So You Want To Be A Writer podcast by Valerie Khoo and Alison Tait. 

Having just finished writing my virgin draft of my very first novel I am feeling exhilarated and dreaming of where this might all go. At the same time, I am wondering what to do next and whether what I have written is just total dribble or something worthwhile. I guess I am going through the usual self-doubt mainly because I am venturing into unknown territory.

So after listening to episode 215 of SYWTBW I must put pen to paper and say thank you to Val and Al for putting together such an inspirational podcast. I LOVED listening to their interview with new up and coming author Sarah Bailey.

Sarah described in detail the steps she went through from finishing her first novel and submitting to agents. The agony of having to be advised to re-edit her baby, change the writing and characters, is so relatable. I know I will need to edit my first draft and fully expect to change parts of the story, but also know it will be hard to be told that some parts of my many hours slaved over novel is just not as good as it could be. We all love our babies, and it was reassuring to hear Sarah tell us she fully accepted the end result in fact was much better than her first draft.

Sarah’s success of being published not only in Australia but now overseas, all while working full time, was motivational in so many ways. It shows that dreams do come true and Sarah’s down to earth personality made me believe it can happen to any of us.

Listening to good podcasts and being part of writers groups both online and in real life is essential to becoming/being a good writer. At least I find it inspires me and I think many feel the same way.

Thank you, Al and Val, for keeping our dreams alive.

Do yourself a favor and take a listen to their podcasts by following link below