Since I returned to England from the Netherlands, so much has changed for me. I had to learn how to be British again and start afresh. I took a break from writing and I am now pleased to say I am back on track with my latest novel.
In August 2016, I collaborated with award winning author, Sue Moorcroft, and she conducted a very informative writing weekend with ‘Fiction on the Taw.’ Her support was invaluable and we had many new writers who needed that push to improve their skills. Sue provided the motivation and her teaching skills impressed me. I am sure we will be working together again in the future to organise another venue.
Now is the right time for me to help others succeed. This has been my forum for many years and I want to take it further in the world of writing. I used to teach new driving instructors to pass their exams and had a very good record of success. A driving instructor has to undertake a proper teaching course with the Driving Standards Agency and the standards are very high indeed. Instructors have to prepare lessons as any school teacher would do and mentor individual students to make sure they succeed. I had the pleasure of teaching for 25 years and wrote my own training course to enable my students to make the grade. I have also written newspaper and magazine articles on driving and other related subjects and had them published. In the 1980’s I undertook a creative writing course with the University of Leeds on Teesside.
When I moved to Holland (due to my husband’s job) I had to start over and was not able to teach driving there, unless I took my exams again and I didn’t have a full grasp of the Dutch language. So I gave up and became a writer instead. The Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors had many courses to learn how improve my skills. I later moved on to writing a novel which was published in 2013. Goodbye Henrietta Street is doing well in Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly and also on Amazon. I now have another two novels waiting publication in the coming months. I have been writing since 1980 and now editing my second and third books.
What I want to do now is help the new writers gain confidence in their writing skills and use my teaching experience for mentoring and provide them with a critique service. I will not be editing their work, but will assist in helping the new writer to move forward. This is a pleasure for me and I already have a few people in the fold who are now writing due to my support. I feel new writers often need guidance to improve their work. If I can set them on the right track and provide a report on their ideas and how to make their work more presentable, then I will have done a good job. There is no such thing as a bad writer, it’s all down to obtaining the correct information and guidance.
What will I provide?
A service for new writers to gain a positive and helpful report on their work in progress. This will include the first three chapters of their novel and their proposed synopsis; I will even look at the basic idea and comment. I am prepared to offer a report on a full novel, but at this stage I recognise that new writers’ finances are usually limited. So this is why I want to help with the first stage of the process, to encourage and show them how it can be done if they have the help and support of someone who understands their needs. Writing is a bit like learning to drive a car; you have to understand the controls before you can take it on the road. I want to give an honest, yet positive report on their work and assist them with their successes.
If you think this could be you, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Each writer’s requirements will be charged according to their needs, but we aren’t talking hundreds of pounds as you may imagine. I charge by the hour and for the first three chapters and synopsis, I will provide you with an estimate before I begin. We would then agree to continue the work. No work, no fee and everyone’s needs are different. All information and work in progress is confidential and I hope to build a rapport with each of my students.
I look forward to hearing from you.