One of the lovely things about being a writer

My last post was about the stress of proofreading – one of the downsides of being a writer. As a contrast, this one is about an altogether nicer aspect: talking to readers and other writers about my books and the craft of writing.

Last Saturday I gave a talk at Malvern Library. ‘Unravelling’ celebrated its third birthday in May; ‘The Piano Player’s Son’ is out in October, and I’ve recently published my A to Z of writing ‘A Writer’s Alphabet’, so it seemed a good moment to engage with potential readers. The talk was also part of the Worcestershire Literary Festival.

As always I had a few wobbles beforehand: Have I got enough interesting things to say? Will anybody turn up? Will they be unresponsive? But I needn’t have worried, as it proved to be a very enjoyable event.

The audience was lovely, seemed to appreciate what I had to say – one person called it ‘informative and inspiring’ – and asked lots of interesting questions. I also sold some books – always a bonus!

I talked about ‘Unravelling’ and its adventures since publication, and also the publication of ‘The Piano Player’s Son’, out in October. I described the inspiration for both, the process of writing them and the number of rewrites!

I also described my writing journey, from my childhood dream of being a writer – I read an extract from a story I wrote when I was about eleven – to the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University to taking the decision to self-publish ‘Unravelling’ and then the excitement of Cinnamon Press wanting to publish ‘The Piano Player’s Son’.

I said, as well, how privileged I feel to teach creative writing, and how much I’ve learnt about the craft in the process.

All in all, a lovely occasion – the real jam on the writing cake, and just the boost I needed!

 

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6 Comments

  1. Polly says:

    It was a smashing event, I’m glad I was there – and the Flash Fiction winners event in the afternoon was excellent too – well done Lindsay 🙂

  2. Lindsay says:

    Thanks, Polly, for the comment and for being there. I’m glad you enjoyed it. The Flash event was good too. A successful day all round!

  3. Debbie Young says:

    Wish I lived close enough to have come along, Lindsay! Glad it went so well for you. I love library events!

  4. Hi, well done you. I am relieved you had a few wobbles as I always feel v colly-wobbly and yet, as you did, always end up enjoying myself. I think perhaps its being well-prepared so the wobbly feelings are an incentive! Cheers Bx

  5. Lindsay says:

    Thanks, Debbie – would have been lovely to meet you. Library events are good, aren’t they? Surrounded by all those books in that sort of environment seems conducive to interesting discussion.

  6. Lindsay says:

    Thanks, Becky. Yes, I agree that pre-event wobbles are probably a positive thing

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