Thursday, June 02, 2005

Conf 54 Validating Creativity

No. of e-mails from agent: 0
No. of words: 29,006


Just back from a half-term trip to the Tower of London so no words done today. But did do an extra shift last night. Still Mr. Plod writing but at least there's a forward movement. Was hopeful there'd be some kind of message this evening, in the kind of 'watching agent never calls' sentiment. But no. No. Nothing. The idea of being published again gets more distant and ridiculous-seeming every day.

HOWever nice message from novelist friend jacqui lofthouse announcing the launch of her website. She is in the process of establishing herself as a life coach, with a particular emphasis on creativity - her opening newsletter is all about validating creativity. She discusses and challenges the unsaid but widely accepted view that "as a novelist, one has to be published; as an artist one has to have exhibited and, as an actor, one has to have been paid." Jacqui studied under Malcolm Bradbury at the University of East Anglia, the UK's most prestigious creative writing course, has published three novels and is an established teacher. An interesting twist to her publishing history is her enormous success in Holland, where she has sold over 90,000 copies of her second novel. A salutory lesson in keeping hold of those overseas rights.

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.

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