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Share your writing success stories. If you subscribe to Writing Magazine and would like to feature here, email Tina Jackson,


It’s been an adventure

‘If I had known from the very start exactly how hard it would be to be a self-published author, would I have set out on my chosen path?’ writes subscriber Heath Shedlake.

‘You bet! I’m not referring to the art of writing per se, it’s more the hard slog of promoting one’s work. I think all indie authors can relate to that on some level. For me, the most important thing is not to get too hung up on sales, but just to continue writing.

‘My interest in writing all started when I attended a local creative writing class. It advertised itself as Creative Writing for Beginners. But as soon as I attended the first class I realised that the majority of the class had been attending for the past seven years. It made me wonder what it would take to graduate to the next level! Needless to say I didn’t find the class too productive, I’m afraid.

‘But a peculiar thing happened a few months later when I woke up one morning with a sentence in my head – On the banks of the Orinoco stands a lonely figure…

‘That sentence became the first line in my debut novel, The Shamanic Prophecy, which has now become a trilogy. The trilogy begins in a remote village in the Venezuelan rainforest, featuring a young tribesman tormented by his inner demons. One fateful morning he seeks an audience with the shaman, where he is told a dark secret about his childhood. This revelation spurs him into a dangerous quest to seek further answers to his past. ‘And what of my writing plans now? To be honest, I find myself a bit sad at having to say goodbye to characters who have been my friends for the past six years. But as a writer one has to be pragmatic and move on.

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In the first issue of Writing Magazine for the New Year, we look at what's hot for 2018 as publishing insiders share their predictions for the year ahead. You can get your writing year off to a great new start with advice for all writers - whether you write crime, romance, fantasy, poetry, historical fiction or for children, we've got something in this issue to help and inspire you. • Our star interview is the queen of dynasty sagas, the great Barbara Taylor Bradford. • Keep up to date with the latest opportunities to sell your work and see it in print, and win £58,142 in writing prizes.

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