That Awkward Question: Where Do Writers Find Their Ideas?

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?

Permission To Not Write In A Linear Fashion?

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?

A Library Snapshot

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

Warning: Structural Work Needed – Plotting Your Novel

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

Zadie Smith on Macro Planners and Micro Managers as Writers

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