I really do love it when my teaching pays dividends and results in one of my students progressing from beginner to more knowledgeable writer - and then hopefully to published author - or at least well on the way to that status. I have met so many (a dozen or more I think now) people who tell me that my classes/courses/workshops - or the 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance - have helped them learn more about writing and the success they have had as a result.
I just told you about Rachael, one of my Fishguard students whose novel - Behind the Scandalous Façade is in the Top Ten line up for So You Think You can Write contest - and this weekend I heard from another of the ten semi -finalists.
Tanya Wright is the author of If Only - a novel aimed at the Harlequin Romance line. I've never actually met Tanya in person, but back in March I 'met' her on line when I led a forum discussion on writing with emotion on Harlequin's
community boards. Tanya joined in that and asked some interesting questions as she was just starting to write a new
manuscript. And now that manuscript too has placed in the top
ten of SYTYCW.
Tanya sent me a lovely message thanking me for my help and advice and I was thrilled to know that what I said had helped her so much because her editor mentor had commented on the realistic emotion in her story.
Tanya's not reminded me that the Writing With Emotion discussion can still be found on the Harlequin web site if you want to have a read - in the Craft Courses Archives - Delivering Emotional Punch with Kate Walker if you want to take a look. Hopefully it will help you too.
If you live in the UK I will be posting details of all my new courses/workshops coming up on the Events Page of my website in case you want to come along.
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