I didn’t get much of my own writing done this week, instead I was reading two novel openings and a short story for the T-Party workshop yesterday. The short story and one of the novel openings were submitted by fairly new members of the group; the other novel opening by one of our agented members who had worked on it with their agent. So could you tell the difference in the writing between them? The two newer writers have both passed our audition process so they write well, but both submissions had plenty of room for improvement. I could think of nothing to say about the agented piece except good luck with this. It was that well done.
There is a lesson here for aspiring writers, particularly those who aren’t currently able to interact with published writers. The necessary standard to be a contender for pro publication is high, higher than you think.
Congratulations to Andy Murray, the first British winner of the Wimbledon Men’s Singles for 77 years. All the hard work has paid off and you richly deserve your victory.
And there is a lesson here too for writers – two things get you there, talent and persistence.