Isabelle Broom Writers Tip
Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied Media Arts in London before joining the ranks at ‘Heat’ magazine, where she was the Book Reviews Editor. Always happiest when she off on an adventure, Isabelle now travels all over the world seeking out settings for her novels, as well as making the annual pilgrimage to her true home – the Greek island of Zakynthos. Currently based in Suffolk, where she shares a cottage with her dog Max and Julius.
Today Isabelle shares her writing tips for aspiring authors.
Decide which genre you want to write within, then set yourself a challenge to read the Top 10 bestsellers in that category, be it crime fiction, sci-fi dystopia or romance. As you read, note down observations. Ask yourself what these authors have done differently, or better, and how they have developed their characters, then map yourself a list of dos and donâ€™ts. If you havenâ€™t already, then pick up a few â€œhow to writeâ€ books and learn as much as you can about structure and plot. Trust me, getting lost in the middle of your novel will only knock your confidence and set you back. The planning may seem dull compared to the fun writing part, but it will help you to stay on track and make sure that your character arcs donâ€™t vanish into thin air. Try to write every day, even if itâ€™s just a few lines, and on the days the creative juices arenâ€™t flowing, go back and edit what youâ€™ve already done. You need to live and breathe a book for it to really flourish.
Read more about Isabelle and her writing journey here.