Patrick Forsyth, a member of Brentwood Writers' Circle, was our speaker at last month's meeting. Patrick, who travels to the meetings from Maldon, joined the circle a short while ago and is now a member of the committee. Back in 1979, Patrick was asked by his employer to write a book on business. He had never tackled writing before but found the advice, if you can write one page, then you can write another and another, very helpful. He wrote further books on business and then began writing travel books. He has had three travel books published, light-hearted travel writing, all set in South East Asia. The latest is called, 'Smile because it happened' and is about Thailand. More recently he has ventured into fiction with his novel, 'Long Overdue', which received a positive review from The Good Book Guide.
Patrick advises potential writers to read the work of others and practise writing by simply doing it. Other helpful tips included: Do not underestimate the task and concentrate on content and structure, be prepared to deliver according to the rules set out by the publisher, undertake research and value on-going learning, and deal with and learn from rejection. He also encouraged writers to be persistent but to remember that writing should be fun.
Patrick Forsyth holds his recently published book, a novel entitled, 'Long Overdue'.