Prompt #3 – Writing Mentors

Writers I admire

The third writing prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is:

Who are the writers you most admire? Who are your writing mentors?

Where I am right now, I admire any writer who has been able to get their work finished and published!

There are a couple, such as Chris Allen and Heather Monro who have both self published their work, as well as a number of others I know from other groups who have published their books through traditional publishing methods, especially those who are like me – Mums juggling motherhood and writing.

I don’t have any writing mentors right now – give it time and I’m sure this will change.

Prompt #2 – Learning my craft

Learning my craft

The second prompt for the Author Writing Challenge is:

What kinds of classes, programs, or workshops have you taken to hone your skill as a writer? What sorts of exercises did/do you use to improve your craft? Have you ever taught a writing class or workshop?

I’ll start with the last question first. I have never taught a writing class or workshop. Maybe it’s something that will happen one day, you never know.

I started studying journalism at uni when I finished high school, many moons ago. The degree was left unfinished and life got in the way.

Last year, I attended a workshop about children’s books, and I have just signed up to go back to uni, starting next semester. This time I’m studying Creative Writing.

Another thing that I have been doing to get me writing again is participate in challenges and online writing groups. These include weekly writing prompts and challenges such as 12×12 in 12 to write picture books.

All these things are getting me writing and helping me reach my dream.

Prompt #1 – Earliest Memories

Memories...

The first prompt for the Author Writing Challenge is:

Describe your earliest memory of writing? How did your writing habit/process/career develop?

Writing is something I’ve always done, I suppose. Recently I was looking through some boxes of old papers and found some stories I wrote when I was about 7 or 8 and in Grade 2 at school.

When I was in high school, my interest in writing flourished. I had wonderful English teachers who encouraged me to develop. I even won some writing awards, both for a short story and for a play. I still have a copy of my play, but not my story.

I went to uni to study journalism, but never finished – life got in the way, as it does…

Around 2008, I started blogging, and have been blogging ever since. It wasn’t until last year, I got back to writing fiction, and realised how much I loved it. I am now working hard to develop my writing, rediscovering my dream of becoming a published author.

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