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It’s no secret that I keep stalling on my fiction every time I have a major non-fiction project in the works. I can’t seem to concentrate on reality and unreality, and put in the work on both, at the same time. The first quarter of this year I was commissioned to create 40 brain teaser puzzles. The middle of the year saw a challenge to produce 100 Squidoo lenses.

Writing about writing also has its downside, and I finally decided to call it a day at BellaOnline where I have been the Fiction Writing Editor for two years, overlapping with a two-year stint as the Creativity Editor.

And there’s a baby on the way, which gives me something else I want to spend part of my limited time writing about.

I decided I needed something to help me focus on my fiction career – not just the writing part of it, but the development and publication side of it too. I’ve started a year-long course which I think will help me do exactly this, and also keep me on track and writing at least something during those messy and exciting months when we have a newborn on our hands.

I’m going to occasionally write about how I’m going with this course and whether it’s working for me, not just because it’s relevant to my blog, but also because I’m promoting it as a course for other writers who need mentorship in building a writing career. This course is not for everyone, so this is a good way for others to find out if it is right for them. Further details are here.

I will be very interested to see what you think of it. Happy writing!

Posted 20 October 2008

Elle –
Thanks Selma. I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into it.

Posted 21 October 2008


Elle Carter Neal

Elle Carter Neal is the author of the picture book I Own All the Blue and the teen science-fantasy novel Madison Lane and the Wand of Rasputin. She has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, holding childhood slumber-party audiences entranced until the early hours of the morning. Elle decided to be an author the day she discovered that real people wrote books and that writing books was a real job. Join Elle on her new publishing adventure.

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