Welcome to Sotogrande Writers



This is where writers, in any genre or medium, can share their work and get inspired. Hopefully we will encourage and learn from each other with the end goal of growing together and becoming the best that we can at our craft. We are egalitarian; some of us at different stages of development to others, but we were all beginners at one time.

The Art of Writing

For some of us writing is a passion, for others, it can be a chore. However, just because we love to write it doesn’t mean we are necessarily good at it. Writing anything if your heart isn’t in it is not a pleasurable experience, so if you enjoy the process of writing that in itself is a great starting point.

The good news is that writing is a craft that can be honed to perfection. This doesn’t mean that we will all find publishers for our work, but if we want to then it will make our chances of doing so that much better.

“We do not write as we want, but as we can.” – W. Somerset Maugham

It may sound simple but there are three crucial steps that should be a part of any writer’s routine:

  • READING – reading books by established authors will help you to absorb the process of writing successfully
  • LEARNING  – this is where we hope that Sotogrande Writers can assist
  • WRITING  – this may sound obvious, but you must write often and consistently

“It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.

Those who do not do this remain amateurs.” – Gerald Brenan

 If you have never shared your writing with others, now is the time. Becoming part of a writer’s group is a good way to fire up your motivation.

Sotogrande Writers – a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers.

Looking forward to meeting you!


Becoming a Writer


“My name’s Tracy Thomson and as co-founder of the Sotogrande Writer’s club, (www.sotograndewriters.com),  I am delighted, and sufficiently audacious, to have welcomed myself on board!

I’ve just finished my first novel, Kiss the Candle Goodnight – an eco-political thriller set in the Sumatran Rain forest. It took me two years and is now being submitted to agents.

But enough of me, during my apprenticeship to novel writing, for that is what happens,  I became an avid reader of nothing but advice and below are excerpts from the earliest book I came across, by DOROTHEA BRANDE, ‘Becoming a Writer.‘ She penned this in 1934 and I read the reprint that came out Jan 1981. (First Published by Harcourt, Brace, New York.)

The famous creative writing teacher and writer, JOHN GARDNER wrote a fantastic foreword to this which I also recommend reading. The link to Amazon lets you look inside.

I shall start where Dorothea Brande ends,

‘When you sit down to write do not sit idle. Avoid the habits that we employ to induce procrastination.’

Brande’s common-sense approach is packed with wisdom. She talks about the need to see as if through the eyes of a captivated child. It reminds me of a Michael Parkinson interview, with Dennis Potter shortly before the author died. He was in great pain, but in getting ready to leave this world his eyes saw only wonder and splendour. He showed us life’s delicate beauty in the commonplace where once I had forgotten to look.  A remarkable man. This freshness of response is what Brande knew was ‘vital to the author’s talent.’

Here is more of her splendid advice.

Page 48,

‘The unconscious is shy, elusive and unwieldy, but it is possible to learn to tap it at will, and even to direct it. The conscious mind is meddlesome, opinionated, and arrogant, but it can be made subservient to the inborn talent through training.’

Page 53,

‘If you leave it to the more sensitive side of your nature to set the conditions of work and living for you, you may find yourself at the end of your days with very little to show for the gifts you were born with.’

Page 153,

She talks about an ‘artistic coma’ that afflicts us so thoroughly that we feel defeated, but we need not worry,

Something is at work, but so deeply and wordlessly that it hardly gives a sign of its activity till it is ready to externalize its vision.’

We all know what she’s talking about, let us end on that word, INSPIRATION.”

Join us online or in person. It's free. We meet 6.30 - 8.30 pm the second Thursday of the month at Las Camelias Hotel, Torreguadiaro, 11310 From September to June.