I had a head full of dreams and a driving need to capture evocative moments on paper.
I wrote scene after scene, but had no idea how to string them together into a meaningful work of fiction.
When I finally finished my first draft, it was 80,000 words long, and the kindest thing I could say was that it …. meandered.
Oh, it had its moments – enough for the dear folk in at Varuna to short-list it for a manuscript development award – but not enough to win, or to be seriously considered for publication.
After a brutal, but necessary, independent manuscript assessment (that made me cry at the time, and still makes me cringe), I did what I should have done in the first place.
I enrolled in Year of the Novel at the Queensland Writers Centre, and learned everything that I should have known, but didn’t, about writing a novel.
Three publishing contracts later, I remain a huge fan of QWC’s Year of the Writer courses.
And now young grasshopper, the student is to become the teacher.
This year, I’ll be the one out front teaching Year of the YA Novel at the Qld Writers Centre.
Across five Sunday workshops between April and December, I’ll be sharing everything you’ve always wanted to know about writing that YA novel.
So, if you have a burning ambition to get a novel for young people written this year, click here to learn more.
I’d love to see you there.