I'm not looking for sympathy. No, really I'm not. Well, just a bit maybe, but the the real reason I posted is that I think people look at someone like me and think it's easy. I got published relatively quickly and easily, I've stayed published, I've done reasonably well on the sales front. To an outsider it must look easy.
I'm not making any claims that writing novels is hard compared with many, many other people's lives because it simply isn't. But nor is it always easy. I read what I'd written and thought - that's rubbish. It's not good enough. It's not interesting, the main character is a whinger, the secondary characters are cardboard, and there isn't enough action.
What would I tell a student?
1) Never look back until you've finished the first draft. (Yeah, right. Too late.)
2) Everything is fixable. (With time, which I don't have.)
3) You've done it before, you can do it again. (But can I?)
I can hear the negative bit of me grumbling away. The piece of advice I think will work in my case is to jump to a bit I will enjoy writing. Today I shall write a random scene with the sole intention of making me enjoy what I'm doing. Cross fingers it works...
Fancy a holiday in France with me? (Obviously, I'm hoping to be over the crisis of confidence by then so should be better company.) I'm teaching a week long course on Writing Mainstream Fiction at a fab chateau in the South of France in September. More details? Contact Chateau Ventenac.