Writing a Novel

Back Off! Let Your Character's Do The Talking!

Authorial Intrusion – Back Off! Let Your Characters Do The Talking!

 At the end of last year, an edit of my ‘finished’ novel, Just Say It, highlighted I had a problem with multiple point of views, I largely ignored it, until I received the latest critique, which not only highlighted the multiple POV’s issue, but it also pointed out that I was also guilty of another writer’s crime, authorial intrusion.  So I need to back off, and let my characters do the talking!

So, you’ve finished writing your novel? Well, here is a Cautionary Tale

I am just about to come to the end of what will be the final edit of… Draft number 12 of my first novel… I think it’s number 12, but I’ve lost count. So I’m a long way off seeing my book in print, let alone watching Renée Zellweger win another gong for playing the part of my MC and thanking me in her acceptance speech.

WHERE TO BEGIN: Finding the Right Place to Start

Whilst pondering over the various places I could set my pressure sensitive starting blocks to ensure potential readers are off to a flying start when I introduce my MC,  I wish I had read Anne R. Allen’s post 10 Things Your Opening Chapter Should Do: A Check-List for Self-Editing, before finding out my story was starting in the wrong place!

WRITING YOUR FIRST NOVEL: Is a Labour of Love

I have spent the last few days rewriting the synopsis for my current work-in-progress. Like with everything else involved in writing a novel,  the deeper you go the harder it gets. Three and a half years ago, although not for the best of reasons, I found myself in the position where I was free to write …

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Richard Skinner – Enlightened and Liberating Teacher

Jersey is no longer a literary wasteland, the Festival of Words is in its fourth year and is inspiring the lives of many. Richard Skinner, was part of the packed programme this year and he is exactly as the author, Renée Knight, so succinctly describes him… ‘An enlightened and liberating teacher.’ 

Writing Blindfolded

Three years ago, I started with an idea that had been in my head for twenty-five years.  No plan, no plot, just an idea and I gave myself free rein to let the story unfold in any direction.  As I was seeing life from a more mature perspective, the idea took another turn when I became all consumed with my main character’s backstory.

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