Feeling in control when you’re not

I’ve had an epiphany.  You may get to the end of this and think that I’m incredibly slow on the up-take.  If so, I’ll have to live with your judgement. This week I’ve had several things swimming round in my head. I went along to Robin Stevens and Non Pratt’s evening on ‘How to be…

New territory

It’s hard when writing about cancer not to fall into clichés.  And prostate cancer – that’s one of the embarrassing ones isn’t it?  These were the thoughts on my mind when I first spoke to Paul about his personal cancer story and the possibility of me writing a screenplay for him.  He wanted to tell…

Imposter Syndrome

I’ve read a few things recently about imposter syndrome; many people feel like they are unqualified or undeserving of the job they do.  It’s like we’re still kids rather than grown-ups – you’ve seen the Haribo adverts? I’ve felt like this in two areas of my life – both as a mum and as a…

Editing: an agent’s perspective

After I blogged about editing, my agent, Hannah Sheppard, kindly offered to write about the editing process from an agent’s point of view.  I thought I would LOVE to read that, so figured other writers would too. So here’s Hannah, D H H Literary Agency Director, pug enthusiast and all-round lovely person: I read Kate’s…

Editing with an agent

I confess I’m addicted to blogs on the querying process and the ‘how I got my agent’ stories out there and I was looking forward to reading a new selection on the next part of the process but the trail goes cold. And understandably so, if I think about it. But talking about what I’m…

The first school visit

Ten days ago I did my first ‘proper’ school visit (by proper I mean not at my children’s school). And I was nervous! A teacher friend runs a monthly lunchtime book club and she’d asked me to come along to talk to the children. My remit: to talk about writing characters and the importance of…

To write or not to write at Christmas

On the cusp of Christmas and this is the question on my mind. Should I sneak in a few words per day, or declare the whole week a holiday, set myself up on the sofa and emerge in the New Year? In order to find out what others are doing, I conducted some highly scientific…