Natural talent: I know I have it because both my father and my aunt are wonderful storytellers. You cannot learn imagination or how to make words sing.
At one point, my lowest point , I wanted to give up. I wanted to stop going after a career and continue to write as a hobby. Luckily for me a master writer, thirty years older than me, persuaded me not to. My husband, my proof reader and family and friends, all told me to keep going and they were ALL right.
If you have been writing stories from a very young age like I have, don't let other people tell you that you can't do it because you lack the basics. Don't get bogged down in THEIR reality. Chances are those people could write a story with perfect grammar, spelling and punctuation but if it is boring, what use is that?
I don't agree that people who lack in the same areas as me should self-publish without an editor. ALL writers need an editor or two or three! But I do think you should follow your heart and bring your wonderful storytelling to the world, do what it takes to get it to the readers, you owe it to them, you owe it to yourself and you might be surprised at how good your writing really is. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help, it takes a community to make a novel great not just one person. Take the chance, live your dream.
A few nights ago I had the pleasure of meeting some very interesting and talented people in the writing and film industry.
Being a mother of three it's not often I get the opportunity to go back to my London town and so when invited to
join a meeting there, I jumped at the chance.
Needless to say I had a ball! I was thrilled to be chatting about my YA fantasy series and hearing all about, novels, TV shows and films being created.
I learned that being a writer is not only tough when sitting at the laptop or scribbling over a tattered manuscript but selling your work and showing others how wonderful it is can be just as daunting as the hole in the page.
It was a very valuable experience and I'm very lucky to have met such knowledgeable people that I can learn from.
My advice to any new writers would be, learn from a master.
Emma Pullar is an award-winning writer of dark fiction and children's books. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, was a national bestseller and named best opening lines by NZ Post. Emma's horror story, London's Crawling, published in the Dark Minds Charity collection was shortlisted for the SJV Award and a finalist for Create50. Another of Emma's stories, Old Trees Don't bend, was published in The Anthropocene Chronicles. Three of Emma's short stories have been shortlisted for competitions. Her horror story, WORMS, was a Twisted Vol2 WINNER! Her short Sci-fi story, Alterverse, was a Singularity50 WINNER! Emma's debut novel, Skeletal, was published by Bloodhound Books in autumn 2017, the sequel published summer 2018.
Emma's crime debut, Paper Dolls, is out March 2019.
Emma also writes articles for Bang2write.
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