I’m at the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio, working on my new manuscript project. More than the beauty of surrounding mountains and impressive facilities available to artists, what I appreciate is the ability to collaborate and be mentored by accomplished authors.
This is what I believe is both difficult and necessary about writing fiction—being alone. I write best when I’m in a solitary mindset and environment, but writing isn’t just about me. The reader is essential and when you don’t have the support and honest feedback of a careful, skilled reader, it becomes difficult to know how you can make a manuscript the best it can be.
I’m only on my first day but this program is rich with careful, skilled reader-mentor-teachers who are more than willing share their talents. It’s a real privilege to be here.
And the views don’t hurt one bit.
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