The Scribblers

Tales from our writers' journeys to publication

Lorna Riley


So, here’s me. In among all these talented, qualified professionals (journalists, MLitt graduates, teachers…), I’m the imposter. thumbnail_IMG_5548.jpgA pharmacist by trade, I have no accolades to my name. Nothing to mark me out as worthy of notice to an agent or a publisher.

Or, at least, I didn’t before I got accepted onto the Curtis Brown Creative course. And even then, my covering letter still looked a little sparse. But just this week, I found out I’m a finalist in the competition. And so, I have a little more to add to my name. This is the way it works.

That’s all there is to it.

You build your credibility bit-by-bit. Hour-by-painstaking-hour. Writing and improving, being rejected and improving and then writing some more. You just take it all in, and you learn from it. And be nice.

Always be nice.

And so, this is what I want to say to all you but-I’m-not-a-proper-writers out there: shut your face and get on with it.

We’ll get there, you and I, we will.

Just you wait and see.


P.S. If you want to see an excerpt of the Ink & Insights short-listed entry, Madame Bucket, you can find it here.

P.P.S. If you want to check out my Amazon page,  I self-published a children’s picture book, which I wrote for my kids. It’s called, Sir Nibbles, The Famouse Cupboard Raider Extraordinaire. I’ve also blogged about the experience here.

P.P.P.S. Here’s a link to my #authormentormatch bio

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