I read a great thread the other day on Twitter by author Leigh Bardugo about how, as authors, we tend to perpetuate the myth of glamour and success that surrounds the magical business of getting published. Take it away Leigh! It’s time to talk about success and ambition. Let me be clear: Everyone has their… Continue reading White Lies
You know that old cliche – you don’t have to be crazy to work here, but it helps?! Well, welcome to the book business my friend. In the style of Joni Mitchell, I’ve looked at publishing from both sides now – well, three sides to be precise, a triangular perspective with lots of 90 degree… Continue reading Why Writers Are 100% My Type On Paper
I read somewhere that you don’t become a writer; you discover you are one, and I suppose that’s what happened to me. People always talk about their love of books as a child, but I also had a love of stories and storytelling. So much so, that I often made up my own and told… Continue reading My Writing Life
When you write books, people are gonna want to ask you stuff. It is very important that you LIE when answering these questions. Lie through your teeth and don’t ever let them find out the truth. As a helpful resource, I’ve put together a mock interview, a mockterview if you will, to guide you through … Continue reading Writers – What Not To Say
There are many skills that an author needs to learn in this business of pub, patience being the most important. Patience with yourself, as the magical story in your head makes its way stumbling and lurching onto the page with all the grace and skill of a toddler. Patience with the world when it doesn’t… Continue reading Patience Is A Virtue
Art is never finished, only abandoned. Leonardo da Vinci Creativity is something that refuses to be measured by calendars; laughs at deadlines and always begs the question, ‘Could I make this better?’ Leonardo is right, at some point you just have to walk away, but how do you know when that is? As many… Continue reading How To Tell When Your Novel Is Finished
I’ve just begun outlining my fourth novel. No-one is more surprised at reading those words than I am! Obviously, I’m still in the honeymoon period, meeting the characters, sussing out locations. There’s nothing like starting back at the beginning to remind you how delicate this process is and how, at one point, writing more than… Continue reading When One Novel Isn’t Enough
Why do we do it? Is it because, as the saying goes, everyone has a book in them? While that may be true, getting that book to come out is really where all the trouble starts. Writing is an absolute slog. Apparently, only 3% of those who set out to write a novel actually… Continue reading Why Do Writers Write?
As I strolled through the park the other morning (I say morning, could have been tea-time, but who’s counting) I realised that the life of a writer is really quite similar to that of an old-age pensioner. Don’t switch off! This is a good thing!! Seeing as the public at large like to view the… Continue reading How Being A Writer Can Prepare You For Old Age!