Writing a Novel

Balancing Writing With Motherhood

Claire Copland | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Copland

It makes me feel slightly uneasy, that in 2016 I can still find myself pondering the issue of balancing writing with motherhood - perhaps I should discuss writing and parenthood, as I'm sure there are many father's out there doing a similar juggling act. However, that is not my reality, so I'm going to address the issues I have encountered during the writing and publication of my first novel, Russian Redemption.

Life After Domestic Abuse

Jennifer Gilmour | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Jennifer Gilmour

I used to wonder if I would ever have a life. In fact I wondered this every day for the five long, lonely years that I lived in a domestic abusive relationship. In the end I didn't care because I was so numb, but here I am now and I want to share with you a snippet of my story.

Five Reasons to Self-Publish

Hazel Butler | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Hazel Butler

If you've written a book, chances are you have at least considered self-publishing. There are many excellent reasons to self-publish, even if you have the chance to publish traditionally. Where self-publishing was once seen as the last recourse of the desperate, it has fast become valid method of publishing.

When Are You Going to Write a Real Book?

CJ Daugherty | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
CJ Daugherty

True young adult fiction is intended, as the name implies, to be read both by adults and those in their late teens. I do not make allowances for my young readers in my writing, and neither do most authors. The storylines are definitely not childish.

Things Every First Time Author Should Know

Adam Hamdy | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

I'm currently working on a new novel that will be published by Headline next year. Keen to understand what awaits me, I tapped James Law and Jenny Blackhurst, two very talented, recently published first time thriller writers, for advice.

To the People Who Try to Keep You Small.

Amber Bell | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Bell

It takes a lot to lay your heart out on a platter, hopelessly preparing yourself for the vultures to attack. To put yourself in the firing line and risk losing your passion forever. To wait for that lethal knock to your confidence, the bruising of your ego.

Why Writing Is Like Flossing

Chris Smith | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Smith

As feverish NaNoWriMo writers across the globe step back from their overheated keyboards - some with 50,000 words in the bag and others with rather less - how do they keep writing come December when there's no deadline to hit?

Do You Have an Exciting Novel Inside Just Bursting to Be Written?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

From November 1- 30th, we have been celebrating Novel Writing Month which has seen many budding authors pen their first novel. Workshops have taken place across the UK designed to help authors find their potential.

Novelists Should Write Every Day - But Does Writing Non-Fiction 'Count'?

John Lucas | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Lucas

Writers are frequently told that they should work every day in order to build and maintain the requisite muscles. Great advice, but what exactly should we be writing? To be specific, if you are committed to the art of fiction, does writing non-fiction 'count'?

Publishing Your First eBook? The Hardest Part Starts Now

John Marrs | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Marrs

You've spent months or years slaving over a keyboard and developing an idea into a novel that you are proud of. But what many budding writers don't realise is that is only half the job.

What I've Learned From NaNoWriMo

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

As November comes to an end, NaNoWriMo is also ending. People all across the world have been furiously writing and crafting their novels. For some this is their first novel and for others this is standard routine.

Writing a Novel? Find the Joy

Tasha Smith | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tasha Smith

Henry Miller is right. The only way to have consistency is to have joy. Writing is a thankless task if the validity of doing it is dependent on external approval. That's fine if you're JK, King, Mantel, Boyd or Rushdie. The rest of us bottom feeders have to like the taste of crumbs and get a big kick out of small things like the possibility of a feral word.

From Beaches to Hipster Cafes: Finding a Good Place to Write

Patricia Evans | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Patricia Evans

Dorothy Parker couldn't have said it any better. Writers have quoted and re-quoted her to describe just exactly how they feel about the writing process. No one can blame them. The writing process is as complex as the human brain and it takes so much for it to be perfected.

Writing a Novel: The Real Deal

Tasha Smith | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Smith

This critical voice is paramount because if it's encouraging, the words come; they made not be good words but they're allowed fill the page. If the voice is too critical, the words never become ink. That's what's going on with me lately. I look at the words I produced for my dissertation and the words I'm now putting on the page and I feel like I've regressed...

November Is National Novel Writing Month

Steve Middleton | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Steve Middleton

So how will I do this? How will I achieve 50,000 words by late evening on Saturday 30 November? The short answer is, I do not know. I could plan everything to the literal letter, but that would feel too much like a military operation to me. My plan is to write, simply write. I intend to let my imagination run wild and hope to write something every single day of November.

The Next Big Thing? - Interview: Neil Spring (novelist)

Alex Perry | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Perry

Neil Spring is hoping for a treat this Halloween. His debut novel, "The Ghost Hunters", has finally hit the shelves after three years in the making.

Start From Cold: Writing a Novel in Finland

Richard O'Brien | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Richard O'Brien

But I hadn't come to Sysmä as a tourist, or even an accordion enthusiast. I had come to spend a month at the Villa Sarkia, a literary residency for young writers, with the deeply hubristic stated aim of making 'significant progress' on my debut novel.

Author Rosie Fiore: Hooking the Thread

Sara Bran | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bran

Catching the Comet's Tail features author Rosie Fiore. Her second novel, Wonder Women, is a brilliantly observed, multi-layered story about three women at a crossroads in their lives. Through her engaging, realistic cast of characters, Fiore tackles important issues such as motherhood, marriage, female friendship and ambition.

Author Elizabeth Fremantle: Tea, Toast and Not Losing Your Head

Sara Bran | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Bran

Welcome to Catching the Comet's Tail, a series of interviews with writers, artists and musicians discussing creativity and their creative process. To launch the series, I am delighted to welcome English author Elizabeth Fremantle.

Five Reasons You Are a Writer

Stefania Mattana | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stefania Mattana

Whenever you write something - anything- a crucial question may come up at some point, (regardless of whether you want to be published or not), that is: have you really got what it takes to be a writer? I will never be tired of repeating it: we are all born writers.

A Novel Written by Lunchtime?

David Prever | Posted 01.04.2013 | Home
David Prever

Gordon E. Moore's famous computing law - which sees processing power roughly doubling every two years - has pervaded every area of our lives. Nothing worthwhile is worth waiting for, which is a dreadful shame.

Make Way - the Teenage Writers Are Taking Over the Industry

Alix Long | Posted 05.03.2013 | Home
Alix Long

Teenage ambition can be tough, especially when you have a dream to make it in an industry that is largely dominated by adults. But the times are changing and it won't be long until a spotty, starving, ill-mannered teenager will be on the bestsellers list.

Eating Writing

Deborah C Dooley | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Deborah C Dooley

Reworking characters done sensitively and gently, brings to mind a chef plating up a beautifully presented platter of hors d'oeuvres or laying out wafer thin slices of finely sliced cold meats.

Is There a Writer Hiding in You?

BritChick Paris | Posted 07.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

It is a tricky conundrum. It is a huge gamble to give up all for a creative pursuit, one may go unrewarded. But is it not better to have written and lost, than never to have written at all?

A Tin of Baby: Should You Publish Your Book?

Kate Harrad | Posted 12.02.2012 | Home
Kate Harrad

If everyone does have a novel in them, let it come out. But like any other object that emerges from your insides, don't assume that it will necessarily appeal to the wider world until you've polished it up a bit.