Author of ‘The Forever House’, Veronica Henry shares her writing tips for aspiring authors.
All budding writers should remember that anyone can start a book, but not everyone can finish one. So keep going until you reach the end. Writing is an endurance test. It’s not enough to have a brilliant idea. It’s got to keep going for at least 300-odd pages.
Author of ‘Ashes To Ashes’, Paul Finch shares his writing tips for aspiring authors.
Learn the lessons of rejection. Sorry, but I’ve no time for newcomers who won’t listen to the advice of those who’ve gone ahead of them. We all of us get rejections in our early days (and not just then either, trust me). As the old saying goes, we should keep all our rejection slips so that we can gloatingly wallpaper our studies with them when we become successful. It’s no picnic at the time, being told that your work isn’t up to scratch. But if you want to get on, you need to turn this disappointment to your advantage. So, if an editor or a publisher or a producer takes the time to tell you why he/she has rejected your work, you don’t have to accept it, but you at least need to take note of it. And if you hear the same thing again and again, the likelihood is that the fault lies with you, not them. In which case, if you can put it right, that could be the difference between getting rejected again when you next submit … or making a sale. The other thing is, and it’s tied to that, you’re going to have to tough these rejections out. This is no job for a snowflake. But if it helps, remember this – it’s a long, rocky road for all of us, and we trip lots of times, but we only actually fail the day we give up.
Author of ‘The Escape, C.L. Taylor shares her writing tips for aspiring authors.
Don’t spend too much time writing and rewriting your first few chapters, keep writing until you reach the end. You may find that you have started the book in the wrong place and you need to cut your first few chapters.
Today on the book tour for Hélene Fermont latest Scandi crime novel, ‘We Never Said Goodbye’, Hélene shares her writing tips.
I write from the heart and always listen to my intuition.
My characters are what matter the most. I plan and research my novels meticulously but if something doesn’t feel right I start all over and don’t give up until it does.
I write where I know no one will disrupt me.
In London I work on my novels in my office between clients and meetings and in Malmö I often write in a small café overlooking the Öresund Bridge and Copenhagen. The view is simply spectacular and very inspiring.
I never read other authors books while working on my own as it may distract me and I want to devote my attention to their novels when I’ve completed my own.
I don’t follow trends and write what I want and know works for me.
You can pre-order We Never Said Goodbye from Amazon and will be avaialble to buy from good bookshops from 6th April 2017.
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