My writing process

I’ve been asked by the lovely Zoe Gilbert, friend and fellow member of North London Writers, to take part in the Writing Process Blog Tour, which gives us writers the chance to discuss our working process. If you’d like to see how Zoe answered the questions below, check out her blog, http://mindandlanguage.blogspot.co.uk. Zoe, by the way, writes…

Changing perspective

Last night my writers’ group critiqued my current novel, or, more precisely, the 50,000 words that I’ve written. It was a good experience. They’re a tough bunch of critics, and I’d prepared myself to be dragged around the carpet and kicked into the corners. I’d submitted an unfinished manuscript, a first draft for F** Sakes. What…

How do I write?

At home, I write in bed. Propped up by a thousand pillows, I feel as if I’m floating on a dream. I’m often in my dressing gown; my hair a mess. I write in a small orange child’s notebook, or it might be yellow, or blue, with a sticker on the back that says, £1.25….

All in the edit?

This week I’ve been thinking about editing. Mainly because I’ve written half a novel in three months, steaming ahead to get the words onto the page, rather than being overly concerned with reworking. I remember my MA tutor and mentor, Jane Rogers, telling me that every novel is different, and I suspect it is, but…

Intelligent readers

About six months ago, I joined a writer’s group. We meet once a month and critique each other’s work, all prose fiction: sometimes an extract of a novel, sometimes a short story, sometimes a whole novel. The group read my novel (all 105,000 words) and gave me feedback on Monday night. Seven different opinions of…