There is so much help available if you’re planning to write a book. I believe that investment in learning is as invaluable as connection to others. This is particularly true of writing, which involves intense solitude.
For South Africans, I recommend Writers Write, a novel-writing course run by the Write Co. Apart from assisting immensely with formatting, character development, plotting, dialogue, etc., it provides for excellent feedback, from the teacher and fellow students. Personally, the course initiated a complete rewrite of half my first book – thoroughly worth the effort!
Amongst other gems, Amanda Patterson, creator of Writers Write, suggests that ‘You have permission to write badly!’ For more info on this and other courses, visit www.itsallwrite.net. You won’t be disappointed.