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)
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!