At the start of the new school year has your passion for writing deserted you? Do you feel all dry and used up? Help is at hand with the new book compiled by author, Wendy H Jones and a compendium of other writers all sharing their unique styles and genre.
I have certainly struggled to rediscover my own passion for writing. Finding lockdown hard like most people, I sought a focus in a writing course at my local University of Gloucestershire – Creative and Critical Writing, and I’m glad to say that I have emerged at the end of the year with a certificate passed with merit, and a whole lot more writing and editing experience. But what now?
Before this time I published ‘Waireka,’ my historical romance set in New Zealand, but then I didn’t know what to do next. Should I write a sequel? After reading selections from this great book, I am beginning to find my ‘mojo’ again. inspired by Sheena MacLeod’s chapter on historic non-fiction, Joy Margetts historical fact-based fiction and Lorraine Smith’s historical fiction, so much so that I feel I might just write that sequel after all. I could even explore the story behind my Irish relations, as like these great writers I love social history. I also love genealogy, so was inspired by reading Jennifer Ngulube’s chapter on memoir. I might just continue where I left off on my university course assignment.
But at the moment, I have chosen to be inspired by Kirsten Bett and her chapter on writing poetry. I chose prose to study for my university course, so it’s great to get back to a bit of poetry again, the place where my writing largely began. I have subscribed to a three week poetry course – Writing Poetry and Getting Published. I might even try my luck and use some of the submissions from the course to enter a few competitions. I have been highly commended in a couple before, but never won. Perhaps now?
The important thing is that this book has given me purpose and direction again and that’s with only reading just half of it. I still have to explore writing for children, flash fiction and short stories, drama, cat tales, crime and mystery, faith stories, science fiction, humour and re-visit romance. The list of possibilities is endless. Wendy suggests writing a flash fiction piece in each of the genres in the book, so pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Why not? Great idea, Wendy.
If you’re now burning to get hold of a copy of this book, you can find it in several places on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B09D9Q181D/ or via Wendy’s own website page at https://www.wendyhjones.com