Throughout August I have been taking part in an online course run by author and all-round lovely person, Andi Cumbo-Floyd. The course is called Discover Your Writing Self and took the form of daily emails, each discussing an aspect of a writer’s life and then invited comments on a Facebook group.
Who is Andi? Andi is an author, freelance writer and editor, and has been a university lecturer. She lives on a farm in Virginia and is a warm hearted and encouraging woman. She also oversees the Online Writing Community via AndiLit on Facebook (the most encouraging and supportive writers group I’ve come across yet, bar none!).
The subject matter covered in the course included fears, routines, celebrations, dealing with the negative, goals, dreams, writing communities, the non-writing side of the business (edits, promotion, publication), and lots more.
It’s opened my eyes to the way I go about my writing. There is so much I do that I’ve never taken the time to assess as to why, and now I understand. I have habits that need kicking, and new habits I could introduce to make my writing life better. I now know how to deal with my fears, how to establish a writing routine and stick with it, and where to look for inspiration, and what I need to rejuvenate.
The best thing about the course is connecting with writers from around the world and seeing how they do things. There has been a real spirit of sharing and support in the group. We have each struggled with parts of the course, and Andi has offered thoughtful and considered comments throughout.
But wait, there’s more!
Andi has announced the course will be available as a book at the beginning of October! So if any of the writers out there are interested, keep your eyes open for it. It will share a link on my Facebook page and my website when it is available.
My Writing Manifesto
At the end of the course we were invited to create our own manifesto by listing the truest things about ourselves as writers. This is what I came up with.
What's it about?
It's about words and my life as a writer. There are also tips for those starting their writing journey, with a focus on self-publishing, and encouragement all round.