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Category: On Writing
Grip-lit is a phrase sweeping literary circles. Journalists (and now publishers) have claimed it as a handy genre description, citing the success of ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Girl on the Train’ as examples of reader interest and it’s validity as a genre. Yet like all new terminology its definition is still in flux. So what is Grip-lit?
How do you feel about swearing in novels? Is it offensive, acceptable, or does it all come down to whether it gels with the story and character?
There are points in any story where adding a plot reversal or a surprising revelation can really ramp up the tension. Finding them, and that all important final twist, is what every suspense writer strives for. When developing twists I love to challenge my main character’s beliefs about her world and in doing so, hopefully, cast a different light on everything you, as a reader, understand about the story. This is great fun in a novel. But what happens when that happens in your own life?
Nerves are normal. Nervous energy can propel us forward. But when that fear holds us back from doing what we love, when it holds us back from nurturing relationships, our business or our talent, that’s when it becomes destructive.
Ever find yourself frustrated by how long tasks seem to take? What about that mild feeling of disappointment when you don’t tick off everything (or anything) on your to-do list? Perhaps you are overwhelmed by the to-do list and have ceased to look at it. If so, you may need to look at the three golden rules of time management.
As a writer, how do you know when a book is finished? It’s question I’ve been asked many times, and lately it’s a question I’ve asked myself. A lot. For me it’s not just when all the chapters are written and the plot holes are closed. It’s when I get that excitement in the pit Read More …
Every failure is a learning opportunity, right? Here’s five lessons on how not to write your novel. Last month I blogged about sprint writing and how it helped me get back to a routine after the upheaval of publishing two novels within six months of each other. Well, sprint writing has been working a treat. Read More …
It’s four pm. The dog wants his walk, the dishes still haven’t been done and I’ve given no thought to dinner. Soon everyone will be home, the house filled with noise, and people talking at me—even though I’ve clearly got my hands on the keyboard—and that pivotal Ashes to Ashes scene I was absolutely going to Read More …