Monday Interview with Vikki Thompson

Vikki Thompson lives in Kent with her husband, 3 adult children (who refuse to leave home) and 2 cats. She blogs, (or should that be rambles?) at The View Outside (http://www.the.view.outside.com) and spends her time fantasising about being the next EL James but isn’t too keen on having to write Erotica to achieve that (unless Robert Downey Jnr is available for research). She enjoys writing courses and workshops and can be found yearly at Swanwick (http://www.swanwickwritersschool.co.uk)

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We know that, like us, you are a member of the NWS but we wondered if you could tell us a bit about how you came to join, how long you have been a member, the genre you write in and what inspired you to start writing?

I heard about the New Writers Scheme early last year, so was determined to try to get a place for 2013. So this is my first year. I sent my email at 20 seconds past 12.02 am. Yes, I was keen ;o)

I’m not too sure what genre I write in. All my work has an element of Romance, but the two novels I have written are more concerned with relationships, and the emotional turmoil that involves.

It was Nanowrimo (http://www.nanowrimo.org) that got me writing. A friend suggested I give it a go. You write a novel in 30 days (50,000 words) and at the end of that first attempt I ended up with 65,000 words!

The Write Romantics see the road to publication, by whatever route, as a journey.Please can you tell us a bit about your journey so far,your self-publishing experiences and what is next for you?

And I totally agree! It is a journey, and we should enjoy the ride ;o) I started writing for Nano, and since then I have participated 3 times, achieving over 50,000 words each year. I’m a HUGE fan of writing schools (especially Swanwick) and love to learn all I can about writing. I’ve just finished a course with The Faber Academy (Faber & Faber) and I’ve also attended other Creative Writing classes.

Have you got any advice for other aspiring writers?

Yes, I have, and it’s a quote from Ray Bradbury “Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.” I think that is so true. I’m a fan of prompts and during 2012 I wrote a piece of fiction from a prompt every single day using Judy Reeves book A Writers Book of Days. Writing is an art form, and like any other form of art, you need to practice. It won’t necessarily make you perfect, practice, but it will definitely improve your writing tenfold if you write every single day. Don’t worry if its crap, just get the words down on paper!

What are your dreams and aspirations as a writer, in terms of your short-term and long-term career?

Ideally, my dream is to become a published author, but, just recently I’ve begun to realise that by being fixated on “being published” has actually hindered my writing, to the point where the fun has gone out of the whole thing. I started writing because I enjoyed it, and quickly grew to love it. I want that feeling back, and if the publishing deal does come along, then all the better, but if it doesn’t, it wont stop me writing :o)

What has been the single biggest benefit of joining the NWS, do you think?

So far it has been meeting some LOVELY fellow NWS members, online and in real life. I was also invited to my local Chapter’s recent lunch meeting which was brilliant! Lots of lovely lady authors with a wealth of experience.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us or any other advice you can offer?

Writing is a very lonely occupation. Try to get out there. Join a local writing group, make contact with fellow writers through Blogs, FaceBook and Twitter. Meet fellow writers for coffee and a chat (I’m always up for that!) and remember, you may be alone in front of your computer screen, but there are other writers out there in exactly the same position.

Thanks for taking part in the Monday interviews, Vikki, and good luck with this year’s NWS submission. We look forward to getting together with you for one of those ‘coffee and a chat’ sessions sometime soon!

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23 thoughts on “Monday Interview with Vikki Thompson

  1. Brilliant Vikki, I love Nanowrimo and have done it three times. I thought I was reading part of my own story then it is so similar. You will get there and be published just keep on going, I think I’m going to get the words ‘never give up’ tattooed on my wrist πŸ˜‰ I haven’t had the luxury of attending Swanwick but I did think about a Faber Academy Course.

    Good luck Viikki πŸ™‚

    Helen xx

    • Hi Helen πŸ™‚

      Ha ha ha, I LOVE Nano! I’m an ML for Kent πŸ™‚

      Ahhhhh, now there’s an idea, I was wondering what to have as my 3rd tattoo!

      I can HIGHLY recommend Swanwick Helen, and if you want to know anything about Faber, just e mail me (angelchildvikki at g mail dot com) and I’m happy to answer any questions you have πŸ™‚

      Thanks honey πŸ™‚

      Xx

  2. It is lovely to hear all about your journey so far. I have attended Caerleon writing classes in the past, and found them a huge help. You are right about writing being a lonely occupation, it is so good to have other people to talk with. Also the chapters are really good. I meet with friends for coffee on a regular basis, it is so helpful. This year I am going to the conference in Sheffield. Will we be seeing you there,Vikki?
    I really enjoy them. and the classes are excellent. Also a lot of fun.
    Lorraine x

    • Thanks Lorraine πŸ™‚

      I went to Caerleon last year and it was GREAT! I think even published authors can still learn from the occasional writing workshop πŸ˜‰

      Oh I totally agree Lorraine! It’s so nice to sit and chat with other writers. I always come away inspired and motivated πŸ™‚

      I hope to be going to the conference, just got to sort out the travelling…it’s a long way from Kent. So yes, I’m sure you’ll see me there πŸ™‚

      Thanks honey

      Xx

  3. Hi Vicki, lovely to ‘meet’ you. I love the meeting people part of being a writer too, being a writer can be lonely but once you get out there and meet other writers you make some lovely friends, writing seems to help break down all sorts of social boundaries somehow. I also love attending writing classes and one of the best I did was online, at Leigh Michaels, who is an American writer for Harlequin and writes wonderful romance, she’s a great teacher too, I might even do her class again as its a few years ago since I did the last. It’s really good that you’ve really got into the swing of nanowrimo, I never have as every november something seems to happen that takes up loads of my time. I think you’re right though, it’s a great plan to write loads & never mind the quality at first. You can always edit later and its so nice to have a big chunk of words to edit! Take care, Lynne x

    • Hi Lynne πŸ™‚

      Oh totally! And just speaking to other writers is so inspiring don’t you think?

      Oooooo, now I’ve got to go and look that up! Lol….have you checked out Sally Quilfords ones? I did her pocket novel online course which was excellent πŸ™‚

      Well, I’m an ML for Nano Kent Lynne (a kind of moderator for the forums, come encourager/supporter to participants) and what we say to Wrimo’s is even if you end up with just 1000 words more than you normally would during November, well, that’s a bonus, and a successful Nano month πŸ™‚

      Exactly! I don’t throw anything away…I keep everything and at some stage, it will all come in handy πŸ™‚

      Thanks Lynne

      Xx

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed your very inspirational interview, Vikki. As you, I completed my first novel with the help of NaNoWriMo – an absolutely priceless organization.
    I think you are right, the only way to complete the journey is to write every day. Perseverance is an unstoppable force, and so necessary for a writer – yet somehow so hard to maintain. That’s why we must communicate and support one another.
    Pleasure to virtually meet you, and I will be looking for you on Twitter and Facebook. Best of luck with your activities with the New Writer’s Scheme.

    • Hi Gem πŸ™‚

      Oh wow, good for you honey! It’s a brilliant motivational tool isn’t it πŸ™‚

      Yes, very true! I went through a slump recently where I didn’t write anything, and I realised the reason was because I had actually stopped writing every day. It was like I lost my rhythm lol….I’m so glad I’m back to it now πŸ™‚

      Lovely to meet you too honey! Yes, look me up on FB and I’m @vikkithomp on Twitter πŸ™‚

      Xx

  5. Hi Vicki, It’s great to hear about your ‘writing’ journey so far. I’m really interested in the courses that you’ve done. What was the Faber Academy like? I’d love to hear more about your experiences with it. I’m also new to the NWS this year and one of the best things about it has been meeting such a lovely group of people. Are you going to the conference? It’d be great to meet you there. Alex x

    • Hi Alex πŸ™‚

      The Faber Academy was, well, excellent! I learnt so much! πŸ™‚ I posted about my lessons each week on my Blog but if you want more info don’t hesitate to e mail me (angelchildvikki at g mail dot com) as I LOVE waxing on about it lol.

      It’s great isn’t it πŸ™‚ Did you go to London for the Summer Party?

      Hopefully I’ll be at the conference….just trying to sort out how to get there! Lol

      Thanks honey xx

  6. Romance is about characters and relationships and I love Robert Downing Jr too I met Vikki through her blog and she’s an inspiration to all new writers

  7. I can vouch for the fact that Vikki is every bit as lovely and motivational to other writers in real life, as she comes across here and on her own blog. I look forward to our next coffee and a catch up very soon – my round this time!

    Jo xx

  8. Hi Vikki, Nice to “meet” you and lovely to hear your story so far. Well done on your achievements during nanowrimo – completing it three times is amazing!
    Good luck with your writing and best wishes,
    Elle πŸ™‚

  9. Great to read of your journey so far Vikki and welcome the NWS! It’s fantastic. I think your quotes and advice are wonderful – brilliant interview.

  10. I think you’re right to try to enjoy writing rather than be fixated by what you might day achieve. If it’s not fun to write (at least some of the time) then there’s probably little chance of it being fun to read.

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