Second Book Syndrome

Well Meaning Pal ( WMP) “Hey Kathy, how’s the new book coming along?” Me: Look at this thing I did on Instagram. WMP: So the new book..? Me: Yeah, sorry, I’ve got fencing training, and I don’t want to be late…   WMP: I heard it was much easier to get a second book published. Me: WHY…

Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas From?

Writers are asked this ALL the time. And the truth is, ideas come from everywhere, you just have to be receptive to them. Listen to conversations for the hidden under tones, read newspaper articles with a writer’s eye – ask: “What if?” at every possible situation. I find trying to force ideas quite hard but…

Eight Ways to Tricks Yourself into Writing

Most of us suffer with procrastinitis. In fact, I’d hazard a guess that you’re reading this blog for precisely that reason.  Maybe you need to trick yourself into writing. Here’s my top  tricks :

The Upside of Being An Unpublished Writer

1. Comradeship with other UW’s 2. No deadlines except the ones you set yourself. 3. Ability to write whatever you like. 4. Intact golden dream of life after publication. 5. Urm…. Please add more, I need cheering up…          

Stephen King, Back to Haunt Me.

I love the satisfying structure of circular stories. Wuthering Heights was my favourite book for years.  Catherine and Hareton coming together at the end turns the book into one of hope. Out of all that ugliness, all that sorrow, come  two people capable of kindness, strength, love. J K Rowling does a similar thing in…

What Makes a Writer?

I’m busy. Really busy. So I decided, until I  had an actual contract, I’d have to ease back on writing time, make way for other stuff,  the stuff  of life:

Writing Comedy: Lin Oliver on Humour with Heart

Lin’s breakout session at this year’s SCBWI British Isles conference in Winchester was inspirational.  I’m grateful and delighted to be able to share her FIVE BIG THOUGHTS and TWELVE SMALL TRICKS on my blog. Lin began her session with some observations: Graphic funny novels give you pace, speed of reading and entertainment – funny writing needs…

Writer’s Tricks: Listen to the FunEverse

Thank you so much for  your marvellous  advice last week  on  Getting Started.  I took it. Most of it. And it had an unexpected outcome. First I had an idea. A little tiny bite size idea for a very silly poem. Chuckling, I wrote it down .  It didn’t hurt at all but I still wasn’t…

Writer’s Tricks: Getting Started.

I knew this series was ambitious. Only my second post and I’m stuck – in more ways than one. I good few days ago I sent my current script to Lovely Agent. Until she sends it back asking what were you thinking? and have you entirely lost your marbles?  (she won’t really say that, she’s far…