Tag archive: writing

Nanowrimo

November is over. For those who write, this means the end of another Nanowrimo.  A chance to splurge out a first draft of a novel in thirty days. I haven’t participated in Nanowrimo every year, but I always find it an interesting experience. Twice I  tried ‘just writing,’  starting out with no more than an idea and maybe a couple of characters, and on both those occasions I got to 25,000 words and ‘hit the wall’. While that might sound disappointing, looking back now I realise it was a positive experience. It gave me something to work with, and both those projects are much…

How to hook an agent

I have just signed with an agent, and what I have to say about the process might contradict other advice out there, but I think it’s worth considering. Those who did not know me BC (before children) might find it surprising to know that I used to sell life insurance for a living. In fact I was pretty good at it – not only did I earn a heap of money, I even won prizes. I only stayed in ‘the field’ for about three years before I was promoted to sales manager, but the principles of how to sell stuff have stayed with me, and…

Films about writers

One of the most misunderstood professions has to be writing. Everyone seems to think you don’t need to spend any time doing it, that as soon as you have a book published you’ll be a millionaire, that it’s easy to get said book published in the first place, and that ‘they’ could/should/will write a book any day now, they just haven’t bothered yet, but they have ‘lots of ideas for books’ as if coming up with the idea is the hardest part of writing. Where oh where do these misconceptions come from? Maybe Hollywood doesn’t help? Seven Psychopaths is about a writer who is…

Are ‘how to write’ books any help?

I will admit that I am a sucker for books. Any excuse. I never pass by a bookshop. And although I primarily read fiction, I do have quite a large collection of “how to write” books. So… are they any help? I think so. When my writing gets stuck, I often reach for a “how to” book. I don’t always find the answer but I do often get some insight into something which just helps me find a new way forward. What is particularly interesting is that I can read the same book on different occasions and each time something…

My August in Edinburgh

August is over… and I feel like I’ve been in a marathon. Feet pounding pavements en route to events, dodging flyers, groups of tourists, etc.  2,839,000 tickets were sold or issued for free for more than 3,500 shows, and it feels as if I might have been to most of them.  I did try to pace myself by giving myself festival free days, but once the book festival opened its doors, it all became harder to limit my time. I’ve added it up. I saw sixteen and a half hours of fringe and sixteen hours of book festival events in…

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