Writing with baggage

Unless you are a brand new writer writing your very first story, you will always approach a new idea with some baggage.  Whether it’s an enthusiastic email from a beta reader, or an agent saying that they love your writing style but that particular story isn’t for them, or while you wait on submission, or…

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…