Pleased to meet you

If you’ve been writing for a while, you’ll be familiar with getting a manuscript polished and shiny, the plot honed, the arcs soaring, with your characters feeling more familiar than members of your own family.  But here’s the cruel part: you have to move on and write a new story.  You plummet from perfectly crafted…

100 rejections

The 100 rejections hashtag has been floating around twitter for the last couple of years and I thought ‘100 rejections – that’s nothing’, however, to actually get 100 rejections in a year requires concerted effort.  When authors say they’ve received eighty-odd rejections, it’s over their career to date, so usually several years.  This scheme encourages…

The Pitch

Being able to pitch your story within a couple of sentences is vital in the book industry with the aptly named Elevator Pitch coming from the idea of being able to pitch your idea should you ever find yourself in a lift with an agent or editor.  Similar things to the pitch are loglines and…

For the love of books

One of my new year’s aims is to read more.  But it’s not just reading more – I’m making it A Thing.  I’m going to savour it (and savouring ticks mental health boxes galore).  I’m going to light the fire, warm my slippers, unearth the cosy blanket from wherever the kids have hidden it, make…

Be kind to yourself

It’s a phrase that’s quite in vogue at the moment.  We see someone having a tough time and we instruct them to be kind to themselves.  I look back a decade to me with small children and wish someone had explained what that meant.  That it’s okay to put your own needs first sometimes, without…

People-watcher by profession

I’m a people-watcher.  I’ve spent the majority of my adult life and a significant proportion of my childhood being a people-watcher, or more specifically a people-analyser.  On the occasions I find myself in a park or at a train station I play a game; make up a story about someone who walks past (stick with…

In the wake of reading

I’ve just finished reading The Explorer by Katherine Rundell and it was exactly as the bookshop lady said: magical.  Achingly magical.  It is one of those books that when it’s time to do a thing, you justify doing the thing later and decide instead to read one more chapter.  Then another and another.  The feeling…