Monday, May 21, 2007

Novel Racer - Chris

Here's the profile of the newest addition to the Novel Racers - Chris,

'I knew that I wanted to be writer when I won a tin of chocolates in a competition at school so what did I do about it? Well, I went to UEA but didn’t do the prestigious creative writing course, I went into a so-called proper job because I needed the money and along the way I sold a couple of articles. All this time I was writing books in my head and, except for a couple of failed Mills & Boons, that’s pretty much where they stayed even when I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

After a family bereavement I finally woke up to the fact that unless I took a professional approach to my writing I’d end up living half a life, always wondering what might have been. Last June I picked up the twenty thousand words of a typescript that I’d been mucking about with for years and sat down to finish it. In February I sent it to Hilary Johnson, who I’d met through the Romantic Novelists Association, for an appraisal by her Authors’ Advisory Service.
Hilary passed the book to an agent and I’m nervously waiting for that outcome. Slight understatement – I’m nearly climbing the walls – so the novel racers are just what I need to make me get on with Novel 2.

In the meantime I’ve had non-fiction work published by Honno in an anthology, ‘Strange Days Indeed’ and now know the thrill of holding a proper book, to which I’ve contributed, in my hand! '

I'm still smiling from the launch of Wanna Be A Writer on Saturday. I haven't finished the book but I have already decided it would be required reading for anyone contemplating this crazy life!!! Jane Wenham-Jones lays it all on the table with such humour you are given a true picture. God, help I am still continuing!!!! By the way I skipped to the back and she's running a great contest there - go check it out ;-)

On the writing front, my fingers have hit the keys again. I have thought August Rock through and have started the re-write. As I mentioned my goal is to have this rewrite complete in time for the Daily Mail Novel of the Year contest. With all that is currently going on in my life this may be unrealistic. Their deadline is 2nd July. I am moving house on the 10th July and before that I have half term, my best friend's wedding in the states and a dirty weekend with my dh in Venice plus the RNA Conference in Leicester! However I'm going for it as I have lose to lose but my sanity.

Over the course of this week along with the few profiles I have left (hint hint). I will be sharing the feedback on August Rock that I have had - the good, the bad and the ugly. In some cases I will show you have I have learned from this feedback and finally what I am doing now to kick this baby into shape. Hopefully by doing this it will cement it all in my mind. So rewrite number 5 is in full swing!!


ChrisH said...

Jane WJ's book launch sounded brilliant and I've certainly found her columns really helpful, especially when it came to completing FTT.

liz fenwick said...

She's great and I can't recommend the book enough. Looking forward to finishing it tonight. My treat for a hard days re-write!!

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Sounds like a book I need to read. I get the second half of my feedback this afternoon... I'll be interested to hear what you've decided to do as a result of yours.

liz fenwick said...

Oh, Zinnia good luck today. I will be thinking of you. Yes, I think I have enough distance now to be fairly ruthless, if I don't then I haven't learned anything!!

You'll enjoy the book:-)

Nell Dixon said...

Oh, I'm so glad you're going to the conference. I just found my form and wondered if anyone else was going to go this year who I knew.

liz fenwick said...

I think there will be lots Nell although we will be missing some :-( However we will have a ball. So glad you are going :-)