My Advice: Anna Stothard

Anna Stothard offers her five writing tips.

Anna StothardI often imagine I’m dying. It stops me from Googling pointless things.

When you’ve finished a first draft, put it away for a month before showing any one.

Read your book out loud, or at least some of it. How things sound, the rhythms, make a difference.

You can’t please everyone and shouldn’t aim to. Write for yourself, but ideally with humility (don’t be boring!).

Keep a notebook and record overheard conversations, descriptions, ideas etc as they come to you. Don’t write them down “later” because “later” they won’t be the same ideas.

Anna is the author of Isabel and Rocco and The Art of Leaving. The Pink Hotel was nominated for The Orange Prize for Fiction.

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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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