Attended my first meeting of the Irish Crime Fiction group last Friday. I was humming and hawing about going beforehand – the usual putting yourself and your work down – but eventually said, f*** it, go! Glad I did. A really nice group of people, including published authors Laurence O’Bryan http://lpobryan.com/ of the Istanbul Puzzle fame
and Louise Phillips http://www.louise-phillips.com/ fresh from a frenzied week for her with the publication of her debut novel Red Ribbons.
People read a short piece of writing they had done. I was very nervous, but did my piece, which people seemed to like, with comments like ‘gritty’, ‘good dialogue’. There was also constructive criticism, which you really need. I was on a bit of a high afterwards. It gives you that little confidence boost you need, because I regularly (but, no longer, always) doubt my work.
So, I have got up early the last two days and have written a few chapters. Look forward to the next meet up.
PS. There was an amazing amount of food at the meeting, which I didn’t expect. Loads of cake and buns particularly, including some gorgeous macaroons. A nice incentive to write!