Claudia Carroll’s Five Writing Tips

Claudia Carrol

Claudia Carrol

Claudia Carroll, the author of Me & You offers her five writing tips. 

First tip, Persevere, persevere, persevere! And write every single day, as every day that you do is a day that your work is improving, trust me.

Second tip? Be brave too; remember it’s highly unlikely that a publisher is going to knock on your front door and ask if you’ve any manuscripts lying around they could publish. Nothing will happen unless you take the first step and get your work out there.

Third tip, an agent is your best friend though, and I’d advice anyone starting out to secure and agent first and the rest will follow.

Fourth tip, I know it’s tough working a full-time job and writing on the side, but it can be done. So many authors (myself included,) stared out doing completely different jobs and wrote in their spare time. If you have a story to tell, no matter how busy your life is, you’ll find the time. Even if it means the dreaded early morning alarm going off every morning, you’ll find a way. so many would be authors say to me, ‘I’d love to do it…if I had more time.’ And I always say, you’ll never have more time, this is it. This is all we get. It’s up to us to make the time. Somehow.

My last and final tip is to enjoy. Love every precious minute you get to spend with your characters, because if you do, then your reader will too.

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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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