There were times over the weekend where I felt overwhelmed. But this was in a good way.
I was at the York Festival of Writing where I was invited by Kate Allan to give a talk on um, making money from writing. Not many people there seemed to think this was possible. But then I was talking about a different kind of writing - non-fiction, journalism, copywriting - you name it - not fiction.
I don't see why the two have to be mutually exclusive and I came away from the event the most determined I have ever been to make a go of a novel.
Listening to bestselling novelist Katie Fforde explaining how she was rejected for seven years by Mills & Boon, that 'writing shouldn't read like writing' and that by working at your craft and persevering were the keys to success was quite something.