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Get your synopsis right

 

 

How do you know your book’s genre? Authors often don’t want to be pigeon holed  = they don’t want to miss a potential audience. But when you are pitching your book, a genre is expected. What do you do? First of all, find put what’s put there by browsing a bookstore, online or on the high street. Common genres will include: Mystery: stories involving solving a crime – usually a murder. Romance: stories about love/intimacy. Women’s fiction: stories about women experiencing emotional growth. Next look at your book. Did you have a genre in mind when you wrote it? If not, with the above information, and what readers expect from each genre, where might your book fit? Which of the above audiences would be happiest with what you’ve written?

How are you doing?

As our limited movements continue, I'm wondering how you have dealt with it?  Any creative projects that you've always thought you had no time for? Solutions to those you are already working on? Maybe a new field you've never tried before. I'm glad to say that this space and time has accelerated my writing work and I've just finished the first draft of my new book. Editing and some rewriting come next and thern it will be on to the production stage. Let me hear what you have been up to!

53 Varieties: which is your favourite feline breed?

Hot off the press, my latest book The Cat explores the diversity of breeds of cat. From the beautiful Korat to the wild Bengal, the weird Lykoi to the familiar moggy, this will be a feast for anyone who  loves cats as I do. It has been an amazing journey discovering their traits and idiosycracies and I'd love to share them with you. The Cat is published by Carlton Publishing and you can find it in Waterstones, other book shops and on Amazon. Do take a peek.

Having doubts means you are an artist or writer

Courage my writer friends. If you sometimes ask yourself: 'Can I really write?' there is a good chance that you can. Fear of putting pen to paper, or tapping on the computer can be compared to our ancestors' fear of an enclunter ewith a tiger. The courage comes from facing up to the fear and getting on eith the work you love (and sometimes hate!)  Those who never have any doubts are probably foolish or not particularly talented. 

Beating Writer's Block Day 4

Friends who are writers or artists have had differing reactions to lock down. Some say they find concentration diminished, others welcome a time of solitude. If writer's block is creeping up on you, I'm ready with some tips that may help. Today's tip is: Eliminate distractions. Turn off the phone and unplug from the internet. Tidy your work area. If your desk is cluttered you mind wil switch on to a state of confusion. Give yourself a time...3 or 4 hours when you write. Ask those around you to respect your space for writing. Even write when everyone is asleep It is important to give yourself this time and space for solitude so that you are focussed.book

Beating Writer's Block Day 4

Friends who are writers or artists have had differing reactions to lock down. Some say they find concentration diminished, others welcome a time of solitude. If writer's block is creeping up on you, I'm ready with some tips that may help. Today's tip is: Eliminate distractions. Turn off the phone and unplug from the internet. Tidy your work area. If your desk is cluttered you mind wil switch on to a state of confusion. Give yourself a time...3 or 4 hours when you write. Ask those around you to respect your space for writing. Even write when everyone is asleep It is important to give yourself this time and space for solitude so that you are focussed.book

Beating Writer's Block Day 4

Friends who are writers or artists have had differing reactions to lock down. Some say they find concentration diminished, others welcome a time of solitude. If writer's block is creeping up on you, I'm ready with some tips that may help. Today's tip is: Eliminate distractions. Turn off the phone and unplug from the internet. Tidy your work area. If your desk is cluttered you mind wil switch on to a state of confusion. Give yourself a time...3 or 4 hours when you write. Ask those around you to respect your space for writing. Even write when everyone is asleep It is important to give yourself this time and space for solitude so that you are focussed.book

The Right Title

angel 1107707 1280Yesterday we talked about the importance of the right title for your book, one that will catch the eye and arrest attention. Here is a checklist of points you should consider when choosing yours.

1.What is the central idea of your novel? 

  1. Who is your protagonist? What does he or she do? What’s unique about the protagonist? 

  2. What is your protagonist concerned about? Describe what your protagonist is afraid of, or the consequence of your protagonist’s concern.
  3. What is the setting for your story? Describe where the majority of your story takes place. 
  4. When does your story take place? Allude to the time of your story. 
  5. What happens within your story? Tease what will happen within the pages of the novel. 

  6. 7.What is the philosophy behind your story?   In your story, what are you saying about society at large (real or within the landscape of your novel)? 


With these points in mind, now brainstorm your novel title ideas 

Writing a synopsis: taming the beast

There are few writers who do 't find the prospect of writing a synopsis daunting. I'm going to break down the process into bite size pieces. Start by giving the title. Your choice is vitally important and a prime factor as to whether a reader will decide to read what follows. For example  Pride and Prejudice was originally called First Impressions. Which would entice you to open the pages? Three things to remember when choosing your title: Be unique, Be memorable, Give insight. Tomorrow I'll develop this.

Synopsis writing: the big stumbling block.

If there is anything in the writing process that makes you turn your back on the computer, make coffee, tidy out a cupboard, vacuum the floor, it is writing a synopsis. Many authors describe it as being more difficult than writing their book. Yet, the synopsis is vitally important: the calling card for your work with any publisher or agent. In a few words you have to sum up the essence of your book and present it in a way that is professional and tantalising.  A lazily written synopsis will damn your wonderful romantic novel and turn it away unread. Take heart! There are some techniques which can demystify the process. Tomorrow I'll begin a week of hints on how to write a synopsis that sells.romantic 3961733 1920

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