Once you have written a few first drafts you realise there are some things you don’t need to waste valuable time and energy worrying about. The first stage is simply an outpouring of words onto a page. Nothing else.
Here is a list of 28 things you don’t need to worry about whilst writing your first draft. Continue reading →
You will be surprised at how many similarities there are between relationship heartbreak and shelving a half-finished draft.
Splitting up with the love of your life can be upsetting and leave you feeling crushed.
Stopping work on a draft novel because you can’t take it any further or because it’s a big pile of literary wrongs can also be distressing. Trust me – this can also leave you feeling shattered and miserable!
If you think about how much time we spend with our draft novels, its similar to being in a relationship. Thrown into this are all the emotions that go with writing a novel. So, when a draft novel doesn’t work out and we are forced to walk away, it can feel like the end of a relationship.
2016 was the year I started listening to those around me. After spending the first part of the year dismissing advice and top tips from my creative friends (as I thought I knew best… sigh!) I thought I would do something different in the second half of last year.
So I listened, took advice and almost immediately started squeaking “oh my goodness you were right!”
As you can imagine readers I received a lot of eye rolls last year and the 🙄 emoji was well used.
Here are 10 things my creative friends have taught me:
The idea for this post came to me after I did some research on the ‘overnight literary success myth.’ I have always been intrigued by the term and the notion that success JUST happens to authors. Surely there is more to overnight literary fame than meets the eye? Once you type this myth into Google you can expect to see an array of interesting articles and blog posts on the subject.
This research into the myth of authors being hailed as ‘overnight literary successes’ led me onto the iceberg” cliché, which I found in a fab article. It was an article from the Huffington Post:
Over the Christmas period you might have to attend a variety of family gatherings. As a writer you can expect some interesting questions, about your creative life, from inquisitive relatives and family friends.
Here are 10 questions a writer might get asked at Christmas Family gatherings:
Welcome to my weekly blog series – Author Interviews.
These interviews allow me to delve into the creative world of an author. Over a virtual cuppa and a biscuit we talk about their literary journey, the obstacles they faced whilst writing their book and most importantly the outfit they wear whilst writing.
This week I am pleased to announce that I have been joined by author and book reviewer Heena Rathore P.
You start the editing process by binge reading a zillion articles on editing hints and tips. The phrase which keeps popping up is ‘delete the crutch words!’
According to the articles you waded through crutch words slow down your writing, are unnecessary and are a literary annoyance. Apparently some writers struggle to stay away from crutch words and have an emotional breakdown when they discover there are more crutch words contained within their draft novel than there are stars in the night sky!
After reading this your immediate reaction is to raise your perfectly sculptured eyebrows, shake your head and gush the phrase “I am NOT one of those writers…I do NOT have a problem with using crutch words!”