What a bloody pompous thing to say. Sometimes it needs saying though. The world couldn't exist without writers. From textbooks, magazines, newspapers, novels, children's books, even the way a sentence or phrase is put as a caption on the rolling news channels.
My Mother wrote a novel. Sent it away to somewhere. Got a polite rejection letter back with the suggestion that she take a writer's course. She said to me, 'What do I need that for? I can write.' Well I agreed. I was writing at the time.
Through Turner/Maxwell I published my two novels 'To The End Of Love' http://www.turnermaxwellbooks.com/theol.htm
and 'Learning To Wave' http://www.turnermaxwellbooks.com/Learning%20to%20Wave.htm
Now I'm happy with both novels. There are a few pages of very fine writing in them but I'm not ecstatic. They really need polishing. There was a great deal I didn't know; just the whole basics of writing.
Eighteen months ago I bumped into Nadine Laman on a blog about ISBNs. Real geeky stuff. She asked me if I wrote. I replied in the affirmative and sent her the copy of my new novel. All ready for publishing! She told me she'd like to publish but it needed some work. Boy did it need some work.
She had me working. She taught me. I had an awakening that just because I had a computer with a spell check did not mean that I was a writer. To be a writer meant working at it. I came to realise that I was working at my writing seven days a week. My wife, when asked what our jobs were, said I was a writer. I am not the person retired early from work sitting in idyllic France doing nothing but poking at the garden and drinking wine.
Any day now I shall receive from the States the final draft of my novel for corrections.
I have until the end of July to make the corrections. I am also working on the follow up.
As well as the other nitty gritty stuff that makes up being a writer.
Nadine asked me if I was excited because the end is in sight. I replied
'Excited? I would be if I believed it would sell. But the whole process has been very exciting. I've learnt a lot. Writing if you're going to do it properly is a full time job; not a hobby. Of course it can be a hobby and exciting when a short story is published in some obscure publication that no-one but your Aunt buys because you're in it. I've been listening to Bach's solo cello suites recently. Bach had genius obviously but he also practised his craft. Viviane Spanoghe performs the suites so well because she practised her arse off from being a child. Nothing comes naturally in any job. It's the amount of effort made. And writing now is my work. My coal face.'
My new novel will be published on the First of November this year. More details to follow.
Nadine's blog can be found at http://nadinelaman.blogspot.com
Word count on new novel 19,225/70,000
- Glyn Pope
- Glyn Pope grew up on a council estate in England. He studied theology at Nene University. In addition to writing short stories and novels, Glyn interviewed Bob Marley the night before Marley cancelled his UK tour and went back to the warmth of Jamaica. Glyn has published articles for both Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan 'fan' magazines, and has two novels published. He won a short story competition in the magazine 'Devon Life.' A few years ago he and his wife moved to France where he pursues a full time writing career.