Helen Chandler's debut novel Two for Joy is released as a paperback next Thursday. Here's her top tips for writing.
2. Read as much as you can, in your chosen genre, but more
widely as well. Not just books either, I find you can get a lot of inspiration
from magazines, newspapers and blogs.
3. If at all possible, allocate a time for writing, and write
at that time. Write even if you don’t feel inspired at all. Nine times out of
ten I found that within half an hour the words would be flowing, even if I was
convinced that I was too tired/stressed/bored to concentrate. I remember
reading an interview with Jane Green in which she said that her background as a
journalist was very good training, because she was used to having to produce a
set number of words, whether or not she felt her muse was visiting that day,
and it helped to bring that approach to her creative writing.
4. Be judicious about who you allow to read your work in
progress. Be prepared to take criticism and suggestion, but if you feel
strongly about something then don’t change it, it’s your book after all.
5. Be positive – everyone talks about what a difficult
market it is, and how few books get published, but at the end of the day, some
have to, and there’s no reason why it couldn’t be yours!