AWC courses completed:
Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques
Ingrid’s tenacity and stubbornness to keep at it no matter how many rejections were thrown at her has paid off with the launch of her psychological thriller The New Girl published by HarperCollins imprint Avon Books UK.
Investing in skills
“I’d recently graduated university and was working full-time and living out of home for the first time. I’d written a couple of books at that stage, and there’d been some interest from agents, but I was unable to get much further than that. I knew from consistent feedback that I had some issues with plotting and pace, so I decided to invest some time in working on those skills.
“I also wanted to improve my writing skills, finish the book I was working on and make connections with other writers and people in the book biz. My ultimate goal was to land a publishing deal with a major publishing house.
“Taking an Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques course at the Australian Writers’ Centre helped me learn to look at my own work more critically and to let go of emotional attachments to parts that weren’t working. It’s still quite shocking to realise that’s happened now!”
It was during the course that Ingrid also met her critique partner / beta reader Sarah Epstein and says having the chance to critique and be critiqued by other writers proved the most valuable.
Writing is a craft
“I highly recommend taking a reputable course that’s suited to your writing goals, whether you’re striving to get published or just want to finish that book you’ve been thinking about for years. Writing is a craft and, while some may be lucky enough to have a natural talent for it, ultimately I believe it can be taught. But you need to be open to criticism, and be prepared to look at your own work critically. Vanity will get you nowhere fast!
“Being published was a lifelong dream I was never able to let go of, no matter how many rejections were thrown at me! I’m so glad I was stubborn enough to keep at it.”
New Girl is a gripping tale about a flat-share that goes horribly wrong. The book explores the dark depths of violent relationships, abuse and mental illness with a complex protagonist who finally turns her life around, but then realises that her closest ally might also be the most deadly.