All of it was fabulous stuff, providing fodder for thought. Tessa’s insight and experience sparked much conversation and other members contributed thought-provoking responses that added to the level of learning. The section on language and dialogue had me hunting through Raven’s Path with an eye to ensuring I had not overwhelmed the reader with colloquial dialogue. I was very satisfied and stimulated by my new learnings.
Then, it got better.
The final assignment was to write a summary that “reflects your niche in the historical romance subgenre.” I did and this was the response.
Rose, thank you so much for being part of the course! Just from this message alone, I know I love your voice. So many beautiful turns of phrase: "history the soft shimmer of backdrop." - lovely! I wish you the best of luck with both of your projects.
The course was great but the praise—wow—now that’s motivating, especially coming from an author I respect and enjoy. As a beginning writer, I sit in my own little world, isolated, full of hope and self-doubt. When grey thoughts crowd in, I will pull out this simple paragraph and remind myself that someone has seen a glimmer of talent. And that glimmer can begin to twinkle, burn brighter and glow blazingly somewhere in the universe that is my future.