From 9 – 13 June I’m going to be spending a week teaching at the stunning Chez Castillon in the Dordogne. My teaching method is not to bombard students with rules and magic formulas, but to get them inspired and give them enough confidence to get the words down on the page. So much time is spent these days theorising about how to write the perfect novel as quickly and easily as possible (a novel in a month? Do me a favour …) and it is easy to get bogged down by preconceptions. There are three things to remember:
- It’s not supposed to be easy.
- Blood, sweat, tears, panic, hangovers, tantrums, despair – this is all a normal part of the creative process.
- Grab your book by the throat and wrestle it to the ground. You are in charge. Don’t be afraid.
Above all I like to make the process enjoyable and fun. If you don’t enjoy the writing, you can’t expect the reader to enjoy reading the finished product.
If you’d like to join me there are a couple of spaces left. www.chez-castillon.com