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"I'm going to write a book one day." How many times have you heard someone say it, as if they'll dash one off while they're on the number seven bus. I suppose I was the same, although I stayed at the boasting stage, and never got to the 'dashing one off' process.
Following three years of homesickness, I began asking myself now I was in New Zealand, what was I going to do? Indeed, what did I want to do? And there it was: Write! I wanted to write.
I enrolled in a creative writing class. I loved it. I had arrived. How little I knew! How simple it seemed.
Some of the things I discovered are:
Writing is a craft.
My style is uniquely mine.
I'm a novelist.
Editing takes longer than writing.
Writing can be lonely and I need other writers.
Rejection is devastating.
Acceptance is sweet.
Writing has little to do with inspiration. It has to do with perseverance.
Barbara holds private courses in Christchurch, New Zealand, for groups and individuals who want to learn the mechanics of writing which include idea gathering, good beginnings that capture interest, developing characters readers will want to follow through a whole story; realistic dialogue; use of good and effective language; creating conflict; showing versus telling; endings, and much more.
I hope you enjoy my books as much as I enjoyed writing them.
Best wishes: Barbara Arnold.