Writing Magazine arrived yesterday and last night I read it all the way through, except for the bits I’d written.
On page 24 there’s a feature on the Home Study courses. I was asked to contribute and was sent some questions, purely as a guideline of what they were looking for. The very first question was, How long have you been a Home Study tutor?
Cor! A very long time. Do I love it? I must do otherwise the years wouldn’t be well into double figures. Well into.
I started out by taking a postal course and it was the tutor who gave me the confidence to send out my work. It’s all about the right confidence though. Nowadays so much of it is ill-founded
confidence. One of my favourite quotes comes from Paddy Kitchin’s The Way To Write Novels. It’s about accomplished writers feeling inadequate and tending to be over-critical while the
leaden footed ones go blithely on, confident they are achieving something.’