Writing Advice And Inspiration

'A story needs rhythm. Read it aloud to yourself. If it doesn't spin a bit of magic, it's missing something.' Esther Freud 'Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.' Will Self 'I always … Continue reading Writing Advice And Inspiration

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