I can still remember the elation I felt when my first story was published. It was in The Lady (sigh) For some reason I never got notification it was accepted and didn't know until they sent me a complimentary copy. I bounced around the house like a possessed Zebedee. Two days later I had an acceptance from The Weekly News and thought I'd made it as a writer.
Of course it's not quite that simple and six month's worth of rejects followed. Now I know that even those who really have made it are still learning and trying to improve. That's good because it means I have something in common with them.
I've been lucky enough to be selected for a one to one session with poet Andrew McMillan. There's plenty of room for improvement in my poetry, so hopefully I'll gain some useful insights. I'll also be attending this interesting looking event with a couple of writing buddies. I've put my name down for the poetry workshop. It's great value and there are spaces left so if you live close enough do think about coming along.
I do have lots still to learn, but at least I know my alphabet!
Of course, one of the best ways to learn how to do something is to have a go - so here's a poetry competition for you.