About Writing

I never attended classes or workshops because I thought:

  1. That I would curl up and die if I had to read my work to anyone.
  2. That criticism would paralyze me.
  3. That my limited time would be better spent writing.
  4. That no one can teach you to write.

Now I’ve changed my mind. I think it’s a really good idea to join a workshop if you can find one you like. This is because:

  1. You’ll have to show your work one day, so you might well break through the pain barrier now (on the other hand, you could keep your work locked in a drawer for ever…)
  2. Constructive criticism from friends, or brutal criticism from editors, is vital,  it’s how we learn to write better.
  3. Sometimes – often –  people write more in half an hour in a workshop than they would in a day twiddling their thumbs at home.
  4. No one can teach you to write, but they can help you to think about writing, and that’s what I try to do in my quite-long-but-very-easy-to-read Creative Writing Workshop.

So…..Click here to read all 11 pages of the Creative Writing Workshop