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?

Step Away From The Vehicle

Step away from the vehicle - and put your novel in a drawer This is the final piece of advice I wanted to share with you from Zadie Smith in this series on writing wisdom. When you finish your novel put it in a drawer for as long as possible. A year or more is … Continue reading Step Away From The Vehicle

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

Zadie Smith – Middle-of-the-Novel Magical Thinking

This video was filmed at the New York Public Library. Author Zadie Smith begins with this quote: 'In the middle of a novel, a kind of magical thinking takes over. To clarify, the middle of the novel may not happen in the actual geographical centre of the novel. By middle of the novel I mean … Continue reading Zadie Smith – Middle-of-the-Novel Magical Thinking