Following last Saturday’s inspirational Essex Book Festival Writers’ Day, I’ve been mulling over what writers need in order to develop their craft and make meaningful progress on their writing journeys.
So where to begin?
In his excellent and characteristically down-to-earth memoir On Writing, Stephen King advises would-be writers that “You need the room, you need the door, and you need the determination to close the door”.
Or you could heed an even more succinct piece of advice I once came across:
- Read a lot.
- Write a lot.
- Repeat steps 1 & 2 as necessary.
- Get lucky.
- Stay lucky.
In truth, there are an ever-expanding set of support structures out there for writers and here are just a few:
Joining a local writing group to get feedback on your work in progress and to counterbalance the isolation of writing by having some social time with other writers.
Online writing communities – including …