Every writer needs an origin story. It just so happens that mine includes La La Land.
I’ve been thinking about the way that the process of writing often feels to me like trying to solve a Rubik’s cube. Side note: my daughter is a bit obsessed with them. She has the normal one and then five other varieties, including the stainless steel one which has cubes of different sizes. Maddening! IContinue reading “Solving the Rubik’s Cube”
I can’t believe it was nearly a year ago I was applying for the Write Mentor summer programme. With lockdown and everything else, it was a pretty crazy time, so where I totally meant to write all about it… Life got in the way. Time to put that right! If you’re an unagented writer, thenContinue reading “Write Mentor”
If you’re preparing a query, you’ve probably read a thousand times that you need comps: other books to compare your own with and set it alongside. And there’s varying conflicting advice on this too. Many people say it’s best to go with titles published in the last two years, to ensure you’re current and yourContinue reading “Comps – the Highs and the Lows”
How can reading help you write?
I’m chuffed that I recently finished my first draft of ‘Bell Time’, a contemporary rom-com set in a school. My main goal was to make sure it was much more tightly structured than my first novel, ‘The Day of the Dice’, where my first draft was 120k words. Waaaaaay too long! So I succeeded inContinue reading “First Draft tools”
On Thursday I took part in #PitMad, my second foray into Twitter pitching! Unlike #KissPitch, #PitMad is a broader pitching event, open to a wide range of genres. Quite a few of my Twitter friends were participating, and it was great to share our pitches, comment on them to help them gain traction, and retweetContinue reading “#PitMad”
On 14th February, I took part in a Twitter pitch aimed at Romance writers. This is where you post up to four tweets over a set time period (9am – 9pm EST), using the hashtag #KissPitch, and literary agents who are interested in finding new romance writers will ‘like’ your tweet if they would likeContinue reading “#KissPitch 2020”