When I was invited to talk about being an author at Radford House, little did I think that I would be talking to pupils for 2 hours? Not only that, but they had the chance to escape and came back!
I received a call inviting me to give a talk about being an author – well, where to start, ha,ha,ha. Being an author you see for me is a process, I sort of started and now I can’t stop, it becomes a way of life and you crave to write each day. In fact, I get very moody on days I don’t write, I have so many ideas flashing around in my mind it gets frustrating that I can’t put them down on paper, so I love it when I am tapping away on my computer.
I guided them through the nuts and bolts of what an author is, our tools of the trade, and why I choose to be an Indie (Independent) Author. Then I chatted about how I actually write a book – where I start and how my thought processes work when I write. This is always the section I enjoy the most, as it becomes very interactive. I show them how to create a Spider Diagram, which forms the backbone of a book. And also, how they can adapt it for an essay – which is pretty well a miniature story.
They were engaged and excited as we created weird and wonderful characters and started to spin our web. (I just love how kids minds work. ) We talked about Genres, Beta and ARC readers, as well as the importance of book reviews to an author. We seriously covered a lot of ground and I was left with the sense that there was more than one budding author in the audience – let’s wait and see shall we, as I have been asked to return next term – maybe there will be a book waiting for me, written by one of them, who knows.
But, what I do know is, I can’t wait to go back for another visit.
Radford House is a small private school for gifted children. It differs from traditional schools, in that, it tailors the educational environment to suit the pupils, through a very holistic approach to their learning schedule.