Most of the interviews with authors that I have read, seem to all have the following advice for unpublished authors:
Join a local writing group.
Having scoured the internet, local library, and any other source I could think of, I came to the conclusion that the people of North Kent either don't aspire to become published authors, Aren't capable of writing, or are too apathetic to set up a writing group.
My hopes did rise when I read an article where an author who lives in the same town as me said that she joined a local writing group when she was trying to get published. With my hopes of finally finding a local writing group soaring, I looked up the author's website, and discovered that she had joined a woman's writing group. I was gutted!
Since then I have finally found an obscure entry on a website referring to a group not too far away. Not knowing how old the entry was, or whether the group still existed, I made some enquiries.
After two calls, I have found out that they still meet, are a mixture of published and unpublished writers, and have invited me to go along to their next meeting.
Roll on the 19th September.