Throes of Creation by Leonid Pasternak Yesterday I watched a really interesting set of readings from the Cheltenham Literature Festival. This was a special event (link to the programme will expire in 4 weeks) welcoming all six writers on the 2014 Man Booker Prize shortlist to the Festival: Joshua Ferris, Richard Flanagan, Karen Joy Fowler, Howard Jacobson, … Continue reading That Awkward Question: Where Do Writers Find Their Ideas?
Following on from my last post about writing styles, plot and structure, I have been wrestling with my next novel. I am 6,000 words into the manuscript but last week I hit a wall. The story refuses to be written in a linear style. It refuses. I have several key scenes in my mind and have … Continue reading Permission To Not Write In A Linear Fashion?
I have been reading a mixture of books recently and many of them are too good not to share, so I'd like to dip into each one and give you a glimpse of what makes the books stand out in a crowded bookshelf. I haven't finished all of them so these are just outlines and … Continue reading A Library Snapshot
I drove past a beautiful old building this morning with incredible detail around the windows. When I looked again, the inside had been completely demolished and was being gutted and restored. From the outside it was a beautiful picture of fine architecture and decadence, an eye-catching building which stood out from the rest, but from … Continue reading Warning: Structural Work Needed – Plotting Your Novel
To continue with Zadie Smith's words on writing, I'd like to look at her breakdown of writers into two categories. They are a little over-simplistic but give a good idea of how differently people plan their writing. Macro Planners You will recognise a Macro Planner from his Post-its and notebooks. A Macro Planner organises material, … Continue reading Zadie Smith on Macro Planners and Micro Managers as Writers