Start Here: What is The Writers' Lodge?
Can you write a publishable book, or even a story that other people will want to read? Have you got what it takes? Is your writing any good? And if you do finish a draft, what then? How do you get it published? Are you wasting your time?
These thoughts are near universal, I think. Writing is a solitary act, and a novel is a long project. Feelings of doubt can sometimes feel constant, particularly when working on your first book. Without others to support you, it can be a very lonely journey indeed.
The Writers’ Lodge
Welcome, then, to The Writers’ Lodge. This section of my newsletter is aimed at those who might be struggling with these questions as they work, or are considering embarking on a writing project and wondering whether they have what it takes to get their ideas onto the page, or may even just be considering their first tentative steps into writing fiction or fascinated by the whole process of writing.
Each month you’ll receive two newsletters, direct to your inbox, in which we’ll consider the process of writing and editing a long piece of fiction, with articles and exercises designed to help the writer establish whether they’re on track or in need of course correction. The newsletters will include:
How to determine if your idea is good enough
How to navigate that tricky first draft
Dealing with difficult feedback from first readers
How to go about finding the perfect agent
Interviews with top authors and publishing professionals
Share your work in interactive Q&As with the group
My hope is that together we will create a supportive environment, with opportunity for subscribers to share their doubts, fears and (if they wish) their work, for the group to discuss.
The goal is to make the process of writing just that little bit less daunting, and the process of publishing a little bit less opaque...
How to sign up
The Writer’s Lodge updates will be sent to all those with a paid subscription to this newsletter. I’ve kept the price affordable, so for less than the cost of a weekly coffee you’ll receive the updates and full access to the archive, plus you’ll be able to leave comments and be part of the growing community.
Annual subscription £48/year
Monthly subscription £4.49/month
For a limited time I’m also offering the opportunity to become a ‘Founding Member’ of the community. Sign up at this level and I will read and give feedback on up to 5000 words of your work (either written or via Zoom, spaces limited).
Founding member £400/year
I do hope you’ll join us to help build The Writers’ Lodge into an interactive resource for all those who want to write fiction, or improve their work.