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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

Beating Writer's Block Tip 7

I am hoping by now some of you have defeated the dreaded writer's block and are happily scribbling away. But if the muse continues to elude you, here is my tip 7. Now this is going to sound a trifle weird but I'm told, on good authority, it works! It's called the Glass of Water technique. Before you go to bed, fill a glass with water. Hold it up and speak to it, yes, speak to it. Voice your intention. You might say: I intend to write fluently and crestively tomorrow, or I choose to discover a way forward for my characters' stories, or as I sleep and dream, any prpblems with moving my plot forward will be resolved.Drink half the water and stand the glass by your bed. When you wake, drink the other half then go straight to your computer and write for at least an hour. Do this for three nights. Give it a try, it works.

Beating Writer's Block

If you are experiencing writer's block I am here to help. Today's hunt is movement. Dance, stretch, garde, go for a walk. All these acitivities relax mind and body and this is a state thst encourages creativity!

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West Sussex

Email: info@jenniferpulling.co.uk

 

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