Ask any editor or agent on the lookout for new work what they are looking for and they will tell you they’ll know it when they see it. What they mean is, they want to find a book that grabs them from the first line, paragraph or page and doesn’t let go. They will give you all sorts of info about genres they are interested … Continue reading How Do You Edit Your Book Into A Page Turning Novel
Write about what you know, they say, and that seems to be broadly true. Yet, knowing something can be more subtle than one would think. Sure, an author writing about medieval castles and goblins might not have much experience dealing with them – especially goblins, which are so hard to find these days. And knowing a bit about murder might be useful when you’re writing … Continue reading Grandma – She’s A Detective At Heart
When you are in flow, writing is so satisfying and rewarding an experience that finding the right balance in your writing life may be the last thing on your mind. You simply write on. Yet, most writers have to make compromises with time. Even those lucky enough to spend each day writing for a living become embroiled with the necessities of life. It’s difficult, isn’t … Continue reading Finding Balance In Your Writing Life
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Choosing the narrator is the trickiest part of starting a new piece, specially a long one. While revising your first draft, there will be tons of things you’ll want to change: setting, plot points, characters’ names, characters’ motivations and many, many other details. But it can be a real obstacle for your book when you read that draft and realize you’re not satisfied with who’s … Continue reading Who’s Telling Who?
Keeping the Police out of the Study List all the things you need to do today and then write at the bottom – I will get ‘A Round Tuit’ when I have written 600 good words. (This has the effect of making those tasks wait for you and not dictate to you.) Write about the policeman or woman who sits on your shoulder. Tell him … Continue reading Ten Exercises To Start your Writing Day
Kick Start Your Writing Brain – Firing The Mind Write what you can see from your window – but you cannot use the letter ‘e’. That lovely little letter is verboten! (Watch the directions your mind goes in when it must wear this restrictive corset. Restrictions can create possibilities) Find how many words you can make out of the words ‘CREATIVITY’ and then write a … Continue reading Kick Start Your Writing Brain
As writers, we’ve all experienced it. You know, the blank page, brain fog, shutdown, nothing. The muse has left the building. Yes, writer’s block affects every writer at one time or another, and even the most seasoned scribe is not immune. Writer’s block can be frustrating and downright annoying, but there are a few things you can do to overcome it. Here are five tips … Continue reading Writer’s Block Be Gone!
The Next Ten Exercises After a few mouthfuls of All Bran, you may stare at the laptop’s blank canvas in despair. Don’t panic! There are a number of ways – I’m going to give you the second ten – to kick start the writing brain. The idea is to get the creative mind into ‘flow’. Write for only seven minutes before you start work on … Continue reading Exercises To Kick Start Your Writing Day