Category Archives: writing

Pointers from the Pros: Agent Michelle Brower Offers Query Tips (via My Daytime Drama)

Pointers from the Pros: Agent Michelle Brower Offers Query Tips“Pointers from the Pros” gives tips from authors and publishing industry professionals on everything from craft to querying to their experiences on the road to publication. I attended the James River Writers conference in Richmond, Va., in October.  Although I couldn’t go to all the faboo sessions being offered, I took a ton of notes at those I was lucky enough to attend—and I’m sharing some of those tips with my lovely blog readers. (<—Th … Read More

via My Daytime Drama

Quote of the Day (via It’s Not About Them)

“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” Freya StarkRead More

via It’s Not About Them

NaNoWriMo Rhymes with “Writers Go Psycho” (via amanda’s wrinkled pages)

NaNoWriMo Rhymes with "Writers Go Psycho" Lately, you may have noticed some strange happenings going on in your writerly world.  Perhaps, you’ve seen random folks laden with stacks of yellow legal pads, stockpiling caffeine products, or muttering “character driven versus plot?” … Read More

via amanda’s wrinkled pages

How to revise your novel without getting stale – take a tip from Michael Caine (via Nail Your Novel)

How to revise your novel without getting stale – take a tip from Michael Caine Do you hate going over your novel again and again? Take a tip from Michael Caine and see it as rehearsing your novel Some writers hate redrafting. Analysing, dissecting and rewriting their work? A sure way to make themselves hate it. But if you’re hoping to amuse a buying public, your first draft will probably not be good enough. I’ve written about this before in I had no idea novel-writing was such hard work.  Only the superhuman can get everyth … Read More

via Nail Your Novel

Do Your Books Define You? via Kitty Litter

What’s on your bookshelf? If a stranger came in your house and read the titles of the books you have lying around, would the titles define you? In my case, the stranger would have to spend a long time reading those titles because books fill an entire floor-to-ceiling wall of one room, take up a tall bookcase in another room, and are lined up, stacked, and spilled on every table and chest in the house. As I write this, I remember a sprawl of books … Read More

via Kitty Litter – A mystery writer’s rants and raves

Writing a novel

guest post by Amber ( @LFauthor)

So I’m writing this novel. It’s going great, until the doubt monster starts eating at me. I carry on, well, what else can you do?

Then comes the research bit. Oh, I’m good at that. Love it…normally!

I find the information, I send emails to check facts…

And … nothing! Well, almost nothing!

One guy obviously didn’t read the mail properly, another gave me the wrong information, another still referred me back to their website, even though I had mentioned the fact that I had gone through all the various pages and asked very specific questions which I couldn’t find the answer to.

Many others simply couldn’t be bothered to respond.

So, am I too demanding? I know. We are all very busy!

I didn’t ask the earth, just a couple of questions that mostly warranted a yes or no.

What about you?

I’m conscious that I am writing a novel, so does it have to be completely accurate. How much do you bend facts?

Thank you so much to everybody on Twitter for patiently answering my questions.

An extra special thank you to Elle, aka @enxs  She is a wonderful author and has given me much encouragement. Gratitude for letting me write this guest post, my first ever. Thanks also to @PA4Elle, for facilitating this contact.