- Do hour-long word races and just vomit the words onto the page. They can be cleaned up and polished later.
- Do a plot outline on which to hang all the beautiful descriptions.
- Use less description – anyone can write description.
- Write for at least 30 minutes per day.
- Aim for at least 1000 words per week.
- There is no muse involved in writing. It takes lots of plotting and planning, and at least 3 edits.
- Do proper planning and a complete plot outline before you begin, or otherwise you might end up having to delete 60,000 words.
- Spend time formulating an Elevator Pitch - a two-sentence synopsis of your book.
- Editors and agents love when authors describe their books in terms of films/other books e.g. My book is 'Bridget Jones meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'.
- The term ‘Chick-lit’ is frowned upon. It’s called ‘Women’s Fiction’.
- Women’s fiction may be easy to read but it is very difficult to write.
Elevator Pitch: A group of college students loose their best friend in a terrible accident on holidays in Ibiza. The story follows the lives of the gang as they each struggle with a secret sadness and guilt over the death of their friend.
The best I can come up with today is: It's 'One Day' the book meets 'One Day' the film. Maybe this is because we hear the thoughts of a male and female protagonist - and hearing a male point of view is unusual in the women's fiction genre.
Next Monday: A Book to Read after a city break in Amsterdam.