There are many books out there that will tell you how to create characters, plot your story and get published. These books will help you kick start your writing…
The Write Brain Workbook by Bonnie Neubauer.
(Writer’s Digest Books, 2006.)
I’ve used this book and have found it very helpful. It contains 366 exercises to help kick start your brain. It’s a workbook so you can write and draw straight into the book (For someone who never writes in books it took a while to get used to but great fun once I had.) One exercise a day. It will help warm up the brain before jumping in on the work in progress.
Chris Baty was one of the founders of National Novel Writing Month. He’s now become a full time author and public speaker.
1) Follow your heart. Don’t write the book you feel you should write. Write the book that excites you.
2) Know that the books that inspired you to write started out as craptastic first drafts. Don’t be discouraged by the quality of your early drafts. They’ll get better over time.
3) Turn writing into a social activity. The sound of other people writing will make you want to write. Find other folks who are working on books and pick one night a week (or more!) to get together and write.
4) Use mini-deadlines to break up large, daunting projects into smaller, achievable tasks.
5) Remember that completion is more important than perfection. You have a lot books left to write. Get this one done and move on to the next.
To read his interview with Novel Kicks, click here.
Sometimes we need to make time for our life.
Lucy Silchester is taking her life for granted. She’s busied herself with other stuff – friends, work and her car (which is on it’s last legs.)
It’s time for a wake up call.
Only Lucy knows the truth and she’s deluding everyone else.
It’s time for a meeting with her life. It turns out that Lucy’s life is a kind but rather rundown man in an old suit who is determined to bring about change and not to let Lucy off the hook.
I’m a fan of Cecelia Ahern. I like the mix of reality and fantasy; how Cecelia takes the ordinary and adds a little magic. (more…)
Fayette Fox’s debut novel, “The Deception Artist” is literary fiction about childhood and make-believe, truth and lies. It was published by Myriad Editions in May 2013.
I needed to put my other interests aside. No cooking elaborate Thai curries, no crafternoons, or hikes in the English countryside. And no meeting up with friends for a drink. I had to focus. I had a novel to write. It was late October 2006 when a colleague told me about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), a personal challenge to write a 50,000-word novel (about 175 pages) during November.
The longest thing I’d written for my Creative Writing BA was short stories and I hadn’t written fiction for several years. So writing a novel in a month sounded like fun. How do you plan a novel in two days? I’d been living in London, but decided to set my story in northern California in the late Eighties, the time and place of my own childhood. Less research, I figured. I dreamed up Ivy, a child protagonist with a vivid imagination who lies a lot.
I scribbled a few plot points on index cards and on November 1st, started writing. Every day after work, I worked on my novel. Focused and determined, nothing could stop me. Then a friend invited me to see a play with her. Sure, why not? Then another friend wanted to catch up over a drink. Before I knew it, I was slipping behind in my word-count. By the end of the month I’d written about 60 pages, way short of my goal, but also a personal record. (more…)
Giovanna very kindly had a chat with us as part of her blog tour. We had a chat about her typical writing day, how she combats writers block and how she’d like to eat cake and drink champagne with Marilyn Monroe…
Can you tell us about your route to publication and the moment when you got your book deal?
I was encouraged to write by others after years of reviewing books for magazines and my blog. Sitting down and writing it was one thing, but nothing prepares you for the anxious wait once it’s been sent out to publishers. I loved the book, and so did my agent, but would anyone else? Luckily, yes! I was on the way to a wedding dress fitting when I got the news that Penguin had offered a deal… Needless to say it was quite a special day.
Can you tell us a bit about your debut novel, Billy and Me?
Billy and Me follows Sophie May as she falls for teen heartthrob Billy Buskin – a huge movie star. Like most of us, Sophie comes with baggage, and as a result she doesn’t cope very well in BIlly’s world.
When starting a book, are you a planner or do you have an idea and just see where it leads?