Let me begin by saying we should all have friends outside of our writing group. It’s healthy to have people from different walks of life and people who know nothing about the struggle you went through when deciding what to call your main character.
But it helps – dear Lord it helps – to have someone on your side who knows precisely what it takes to sit your butt in that chair for hours on end, screaming with joy or rage (sometimes both) at the computer screen, loving and despairing of your work in progress. That the times you are not writing, you’re still working. You’re still thinking about what scene goes where, the progression of your characters, and whether you should put a comma there after all.
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How to Get Published with literary agent Laura Williams of Peters Fraser & Dunlop, Caroline Lea and Misha Herwin hosted by Stewart Collins.
The big question! So many of have a book in us, but how to get it published; how to become the next J K Rowling!? These and many more questions will be answered by leading literary agent Laura Williams of Peters Fraser & Dunlop, Stoke-on-Trent author Misha Urwin and Leamington based author Caroline Lea who has just had her first novel ‘When the sky fell apart’ published.
I admit from the off. I arrived ten minutes late to the talk because the traffic decided to build up just at the moment I had to get somewhere. I managed to snare a seat at the 2nd row and get out my trusty iPhone to record proceedings but they apparently hadn’t got beyond introductions when I finally arrived.
What followed was an hour of absolute gems of information. The audience was encouraged to pose questions and engage with the panel, if only to settle their own minds about what the process entailed.
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So I recently asked a dear friend of mine for 9+ years, whom I met in a writing group (I say writing group it was actually a supernatural RPG but we hit it off) to read my work in progress. Needless to say she knows me very well and knows my writing damn well also.
Her opinion means a lot to me. She once said she disliked some of my characters not because they were unlikable, but they were so realistically human she automatically hated them. She is an self-confessed misanthrope so I took that as a positive.
She said she would like to read my mind-spew if I wanted her to read it. Of course I do. But as I started sending her the first 9 chapters I felt like I had to explain myself — Continue reading “Stuff. From my head.”
It struck me as I sat here in the office of the job I’ve been in for only 3 weeks, alone, trusted to organise the oncoming storm of students and maybe not blast Kerrang! Radio (I’m not blasting it, btw. It’s just… on low) that I wanted to write a blog post.
But what do you write about when you don’t know what to write about?
Confused? Me too. Let me explain.
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I sat down to write yesterday, and brought out my ideas book. I have approximately 27 ideas I’ve physically written down and maybe four or five more locked in the ‘come back later’ vault of my creative mind. I started thinking – and most importantly, writing – my thoughts on having so many ideas. Imaginary questions presented themselves, and below is the result of this stream of consciousness-turned writing advice and support.
- Which idea do I write?
All of them.
It may sound a cop-out answer but honestly, you should give every single idea you have a go. You were blessed with the excitement of a eureka moment. Note it down and use it!
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