On Sunday I was lucky enough to attend a fabulous writers' inspiration day hosted by the wonderful Miranda Dickinson-Write Foxy. The structure of the day was various inspirational talks by some fabulous published authors with breaks for coffee, cake, writing, more cake, more food, maybe a bit more writing in between.
The event took place in The Village hotel in Dudley and featured a group of writers hoping for some inspiration and to learn what it's means to Write Foxy.
We were treated to goody bags as well which included notebooks and pens, of course, sweets, of course, and we were also given notes on the various speakers and notes from them too on things such a structure, plotting and editing. All very helpful stuff!
The writers speaking to us are all fabulous ladies who each have a different style of writing and are all wonderful in their own writes. First up was Hannah Beckerman, author of the dead wife's handbook. She spoke to us about plotting and planning and definitely inspired me to get my plan out of my head and onto some paper, or perhaps a spreadsheet-no excuses not to write then! She gave us lots of other pearls of wisdom and was also a joy to chat to!
Cally Taylor was next to speak, she spoke to us about the editing process. I found this very interesting as I haven't actually done any of this yet and her structured way of editing will prove to be very useful in the near future I am sure. Calmly has written in various different genres. One of her rom Coms is about to be made into a film, Home For Christmas and she also brought us copies of The Accident which was signed and is one of my very favourite books this year, as you will know! It was wonderful to meet Cally at last!
Tamsyn Murray was next to speak to us. She spoke about the structure of novels and how to plan a structure and check the balance of tension in our writing. This was very interesting and she used a very familiar picture book in order to illustrate her point. Her session was fast-paced and really engaging. Her children's books are fab and she also writes Rom Coms under a different name!
Finally Miranda Dickinson spoke to us. She talked about what write foxy is and what being a writer means. Her talk was very inspirational and you can totally see why she has 5 best-selling novels under her belt and an awesome new one coming out in December!
I also got to meet lots of other lovely writers who, in themselves, were a real inspiration. It was great to se so many people at different stages of their writing career and people with different ideas and worries just like me! This was a great way to kick of NaNoWriMo for me and I'm sure the inspiration will help me hit the 50000 words and then some!
Thank you to Miranda for organising the event and thanks to the other lovely authors for inspiring us with their words. The next Write Foxy event is in February and I couldn't recommend it strongly enough. Not matter what stage of your writing career you are at, this workshop is truly inspirational and an excellent way to spend the day! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/write-foxy-writers-inspiration-day-february-2015-tickets-11388516359?aff=eorg