I absolutely loved Natasha Lester’s book “A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald” and reviewed it on https://www.instagram.com/winesandbooks/ page a few weeks ago. So when I saw Natasha was running a class at the Perth’s Writers’ Festival – I was in!
I won’t give too much away, as this is a course that Natasha teaches, but the five key steps she outlined were spot on, Natasha also gave personal examples, quotes about writing from other writers, practical exercises and more.
The 20 plus aspiring writers who attended along with me, closely followed her every word.
A few things resonated with me and these are in my own words:
- Just get the first draft done, don’t stop to edit, keep going until you have around 80,000
- You don’t need to write the book/scenes in chronological order
- Avoid showing your first draft (and probably subsequent drafts) to anyone
- You will soon recognise which (if any) part of your writing needs work.
Now, I’ve written a couple of books that at this stage are not going to see the light of day because I know they are lacking something – some of the people attending mentioned they had trouble with dialogue, others kept editing the first chapter and never moved on, others had difficulty making their story sound interesting – and that’s how I feel about my books. In my head the story is fascinating – but on the page they are boring and need more description and dialogue.
Natasha is definitely an organised person – something I’m not, I tend to leave things to the last minute and am the worst procrastinator. Natasha also gave excellent tips on how to avoid making excuses why you don’t have time to write.
I wish I could have attended other courses and events at the PWF this year – Natasha – I learnt a lot from you today – and one of them is to plan ahead! So I will block off time in my calendar next year to attend more Perth Writers Festival events.
Thanks for an entertaining, enjoyable and educative session.