Advice

As you can imagine, I am often asked for advice on writing. That’s a big responsibility – not least because I firmly believe there is no right or wrong way to write – no two authors have the same system! Often, readers send me their own work – but I’m afraid I cannot read or comment on it as I am not trained to do so. I am JUST AN AUTHOR remember – not an agent or an editor who have completely different skill sets and experience to mine! However, I have given a lot of thought to the questions I am most frequently asked and I have written at length on these here – which I hope you will find helpful and supportive.

PUBLISHING Part I – DOs and DON’Ts

In the early 1990s, I started my first novel because I wanted to write the type of book I wanted to read, but couldn’t seem to find in the shops and though I started my second novel (Chloe) once...

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WRITING Part I – Ergonomics

Though there’s nothing quite like the feeling of seeing your books in a shop, of holding finished copies, of coming across complete strangers reading your novels, or receiving correspondence from happy readers – it’s an arduous process to make...

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WRITING Part II – Rules? There are no Rules!

Early in my career, I met an author who told me he’d spent the day “working on dialogue”. I was beside myself with insecurity – and panicked that I should make Mondays my dialogue day, have Tuesdays for landscape...

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WRITING Part IV – Plotting and planning

I have found that it is a good idea not to become too bogged down with structure and plot – if your characters are three dimensional enough, you’ll often find that they can carry a simpler story and, once...

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WRITING Part V – WRITER’S BLOCK

I never believed it existed.  In fact, I’m on record saying “I feel writer’s block it’s a little like claiming to have double pneumonia when actually you have a head-cold.
Writing is a job, not an indulgence.
Of course there are...

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