Writing Novels

P-Town, Sharks and the Norman Mailer Center

Tom Ward | Posted 09.02.2013 | Home
Tom Ward

Now, two weeks into my month away, I have finished a novel and have begun editing a second. Often I get up when the sun wakes me and cycle around the sand dunes before returning to the house and setting up shop at Norman's bar overlooking the bay.

Why the Facts Really Count in Fiction

Jonathan Freedland | Posted 18.04.2012 | Home
Jonathan Freedland

Readers who could accept the wildest flights of fancy in a novel - heroes racing against time to avert international disaster and the like - would howl with fury if a character, say, boarded a Northern Line tube train at Green Park or fondly recalled the general election of 1998. Which is why research is as important for my Sam Bourne alter ego as it is in my Jonathan Freedland journalist day job.

Ben Hatch on What it Takes to be a Writer

Sarah Marsh | Posted 04.03.2012 | Home
Sarah Marsh

Novelist Ben Hatch is a firm believer that "anyone can write". His first novel The Lawnmower Celebrity was loosely based on his time working at McDonalds and his second book The International Gooseberry details the trials and tribulations of a hapless backpacker.