Do you have an idea for a story that children will love?
The Big Idea Competition is giving you the chance of seeing your idea transformed into a book, TV, movie or theatre production!
The judges are Tess Daly, Neil Blair, Barry Cunningham, Debra Haywood, Philip Ardagh and Sonia Friedman. The closing date for entries is 2nd September 2014.
All you have to do is come up with an original story for children and tell the judges in 500 words (they ask you don’t exceed 750 words,) about your story using the following questions:
. Who’s in it?
. What happens?
. Who’s it for?
. When and where?
To enter, Continue reading
A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Janice’s debut novel, Mary & The Marquis was released by Mills and Boon Historical earlier this month. We chat to Janice about her book, her approach to her writing and her advice for new writers.
Can you tell us a little about your debut novel, Mary and the Marquis and how the idea originated?
Mary and the Marquis is set in Northumberland in the autumn of 1811. When destitute widow Mary Vale aids an injured man on the road, she is shocked to discover he is the reclusive Lucas Alastair, Marquis of Rothley. She’s intrigued by him, but when she offers to nurse him back to health in return for shelter he proves a difficult patient. Lucas hides some deep emotion beneath his brusque manner, and a stolen kiss leaves Mary longing for more… She’s able to help mend his physical injuries, but can Mary heal the wounds of his painful past?
The idea came from a mental image of a young woman, with two small children, walking through a gloomy wood. Suddenly a deep, rasping groan sounds from amongst the trees. Who is she? Why is she in that wood? Where is she going? What is that noise?
Did you plan much before starting the novel?
I probably knew more about Mary and Lucas’s pasts than I did about what would happen in the actual story. I had ideas for the turning points, but I didn’t plan in any great detail, which is probably why the editing caused me such headaches! I had to delete a few scenes entirely – always hard to do.
How do you approach editing?
Every day, I go over what I wrote the day before as a way of immersing myself back in the story. I do tend to edit at that point, although I’m well aware it can be a waste of time if that particular section ends up deleted (see previous question). I should try and break that habit!
Last time on Bella’s Scribblings I talked about finding time to write. What I didn’t cover was how to avoid squandering it on non-writing displacement activities. School holidays is the time when most of us grab a couple of weeks away from the proper job to spend time with our offspring and hopefully get some writing done too. What actually happens is that offspring magically eat up all but a smidgen of the time we have and when we do get time to write what do we do?
I’m afraid to say that sometimes, not always, but sometimes we waste the time that we do have. I am thinking of starting a local group of Procrastinators Anonymous, but in the meantime here are my suggestions for combating procrastination:
My family want feeding – This is an easy one. Go back in time and spend a day making batches of food you can reheat and use fish fingers for the other days, they’ll be fine – that’s what vitamin supplements are for.
The house needs cleaning/tidying – scientific fact that living in a sterile environment isn’t good for the immune system so a little bit of dust will be better for your family’s long term health.
I need to go on Twitter to keep my social media presence current – and a couple of quick posts a day should do it. You do not need to read everything from the last ten hours on your feed nor do you need to look up everyone you know to see if they posted something interesting in the last few days. Trust me, they won’t have. Do not get caught up in conversations about dogs, cats or wine – they go on forever. Stop obsessively checking the number of followers you have and trying to work out who has deserted you – it doesn’t matter – well, certainly not as much as finishing your writing does.
Pieces of You by Ella Harper was released today by Avon. It’s available to buy digitally from 14th August with the paperback being released next month.
A couple of weeks ago, mysterious post began showing up at my door. First, I got a box containing a picture frame and a letter. This was followed by another letter. Eventually, a copy of Pieces of You by Ella Harper arrived. I love it when publishers send little clues and I now can’t wait to read the book. Going by the clues and the blurb, this book sounds brilliant.
About the book:
The perfect marriage.
A devastating secret.
An impossible choice.
Lucy was always sure of one thing – her future with husband and soul mate Luke. But after eight long, heart-breaking years trying to have a baby, that future is crumbling before her eyes. Continue reading
Writing Room is our online writing group.
We post a prompt. Once you’ve written your piece, post it in the comments box below. Anyone is welcome to take part and it’s an opportunity to post work plus give and gain feedback.
Today, we’re looking at using colours.
Write a short story. Begin your first sentence with a colour. Then continue to use a colour (different one each time,) at the beginning of each paragraph. Try to use as little description as possible. Try to use dialogue as much as you can.
Write up to 1,000 words.
Waterstones Piccadilly are holding an evening with David Mitchell.
The author of ‘Cloud Atlas’ will be in conversation with Sam Leith. They will be discussing David’s book, The Bone Clocks which has been longlisted for the Booker Prize.
The event is being held on Monday, 10 November 2014 at the Waterstones in Piccadilly in London. The evening begins at 6:30PM.
Tickets are £8 and it’s £6 for Waterstones Loyalty Cardholders
Tickets are available in store or you can get them online at Waterstones.com/tickets
For further details, call 0207 8512400.
For more information on David Mitchell, visit his website: www.davidmitchellbooks.com/