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Women Writing Women

Women Writing Women

Like most of us, I began writing with the hope of creating the kind of novels I most wanted to read. While I tried to figure out what that was, I was lucky to land a minor ghostwriting job, which led to more. Writing as someone else came easily. I could submerge in another person’s […]

February 25, 2015 | By | 5 Replies More
As an Author, Do You Need an Intern?

As an Author, Do You Need an Intern?

An ‘intern’ is the new literary or arts apprentice which is more skilled than ‘work experience’. And some can be VIRTUAL interns, working from anywhere. ‘Self –employment’ is an increasingly important choice for creatives and our culture needs more entrepreneurs AND authorpreneurs. Until now, I’ve avoided having an intern. Despite requests to provide work-experience for […]

February 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
Life After Switching Genres; Don’t Be Afraid!

Life After Switching Genres; Don’t Be Afraid!

A friend surprised me recently when she said “You write best when you write Creative Non-Fiction.” That is not who I started out to be and that is not what I started out to write. Writers have been taught that best practice involves writing what you know. Why didn’t I think that applied to me? […]

February 11, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
In Defense of Head-Hopping

In Defense of Head-Hopping

In writing, head hopping is defined as using an omniscient third-person narrator to hop from the head of one character right into another. This is thought to cause confusion for the reader and leave them wondering whose thoughts they’re supposed to follow now. I understand that the idea of keeping a sharp line between the […]

February 7, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Literary Snobbery

Literary Snobbery

Sara Sheridan, creator of the Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries, talks about how literary snobbery is divisive within the writing community, not least between men and women. I live in a City of Literature, but I’d rather live in a City of Words. Literature, to me, isn’t necessarily a good thing – it’s exclusive, for a start. […]

February 6, 2015 | By | 13 Replies More
How to write good, realistic dialogue

How to write good, realistic dialogue

Best-selling novelist Isabel Wolff offers her tips on how to write good, realistic dialogue. Dialogue is what happens when two or more characters talk to each other. We’ve all read novels in which that conversation is conveyed very awkwardly and this clumsiness pulls us out of the book. Good dialogue, on the other hand, is […]

February 4, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Power of Dark Stories, and Why we Are Not Always What we Write

The Power of Dark Stories, and Why we Are Not Always What we Write

Where do you get your ideas from? It’s the question nearly all artists dread. We try to get round it in various ways, by making jokes (my standard response tends to be; “Goblins bring them during the night”), but actually the answer is simply this: They come from my brain. Okay. But what if one […]

January 28, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More
Quick Guide to Self-Publishing

Quick Guide to Self-Publishing

The stigma around self-publishing is still strong. ‘If it’s a good enough manuscript it will find a publisher,’ is an oft repeated phrase (particularly by those who have found a publisher). After thirty years of writing, honing my crafting and, yes, on occasion being traditionally published, I no longer believe this to be true. Yet […]

January 26, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
What to do when the fire of your first draft has gone out

What to do when the fire of your first draft has gone out

“Writing is finally about one thing: going into a room alone and doing it. Putting words on paper that have never been there in quite that way before. And although you are physically by yourself, the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless inadequacy, the […]

January 23, 2015 | By | 16 Replies More
How to Break Up with your Novel

How to Break Up with your Novel

To begin with, let me clarify: I don’t mean abandon your novel; I mean separate yourself from it. This has to happen eventually. For better or worse the novel you’ve written will come to term, and it will have to live (or not live) on its own, away from you. There may be any number […]

January 20, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More