I’m going to be a romantic novelist

January 13, 2013

Pink notebookOn Friday afternoon I received a VERY exciting email from the Romantic Novelists Association to tell me that a space had become available on their prestigious New Writers’ Scheme. (I’d stayed up late on 2nd January to apply, emailed my application at 12.03am – you couldn’t email before 12.02am – and all 250 places had gone by then, which gives you an idea of just how popular it is.)

I know lots of people can write books without needing to be part of any kind of writing group or scheme but – probably because I’m a journalist – I always work best when I have a deadline. So now this means I need to finish one of the four novels I’ve been working on for the past few years by the end of August so that it can be read by a member of the RNA (and you can’t even be a member unless you’re a published author.) And it means I’ll be well on my way to achieving my goals for this year.

The hardest thing now is going to be deciding which of the novels to focus on.

Of course, I know one of the biggest pieces of advice any novelists giving aspiring writers is that you have to love writing and want to create, rather than think about being published. And I do, I really love writing fiction. But even Jane Austen wanted other people to read her books.

My dream is and always has been to be able to walk into an airport and see women taking my books off the shelves. I’m not knocking self-publishing/e-publishing, I know lots of novelists who are making a very good living at it, but that’s not what I want for my books. At least, not at the moment.

And I’m not saying contemporary women’s fiction is the only kind of novel writing I intend doing, either. It’s just that that’s where I want to focus my energies for now.

Perhaps I won’t make it, perhaps I can’t really write romantic fiction at all. We’ll see. But for the time being I’m going to have a very good go.

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  • Sam January 14, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    The very best of luck to you, it sounds like a wonderful opportunity

  • 40s Chic January 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Good luck Liz and good on you for making your dream a reality. I also intend to write a book… every year… so it’s great you’re actually doing it!

  • Super Amazing Mum January 14, 2013 at 7:06 am

    good luck Mrs!! Working to a deadline with pressure is definitely more motivating!

    I look forward to picking you up in the airport!

  • Tattie Weasle January 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    When you get the opportunity you have to grab and nothing works better than a deadline – cant wait to be reading all about it – or prefaerably it on my way to an exotic holiday!

  • Erica January 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Good luck Liz, I really admire people who take action to make their dreams become reality (rather than just hope they’ll happen).

  • judith o'reilly January 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    well done. gosh you have four books you can chose between, that is quite an output. well done re the place, it sounds like a really good way to get some support and mentoring. good luck with it all.

  • writeonmum January 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    That’s great news! Isn’t it fantastic when your dreams and hopes are finally in your grasp? Good luck Liz. As a former women’s magazine journalist, I also hope one day to stop procrastinating and start writing ‘properly’ and it’s uplifting for me to see others achieving their goals after working so hard. Keep us updated! x

  • Verily, Victoria Vocalises January 13, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Many congratulations and the very best of luck. I look forward to being one of those women in the airport one day 🙂 x