Tuesday, 2 November 2010
New Voices has generated lots of interest in romance writing, which is fantastic. I don't think I'd realised quite what a community of aspiring romance writers there was out there - and how much potential.
Being a mentor was a great experience, although I had to keep reminding myself that all they needed to write was a chapter, and not the whole book, which is a different thing entirely. In the context of a competition, the quality of the writing carries the day, but getting a story to publishable standard means thinking about the overall structure. The thing about writing is that it's about more than writing. It's about rewriting and reshaping and structuring and making sure that your story makes sense. Leah has done fantastically well to win through against such stiff competition, but I think she knows that far from getting to the end, she's now just at the beginning! There's a long way to go before her story is ready for publication, and the final result may well turn out to be very different from the story that won New Voices. I'll be really interested to read it when it's published to see how her characters and their motivations have developed.
Posted by Jessica Hart at 02:59