So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

Full article with thanks to https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/13/so-you-want-to-be-a-writer-colum-mccanns-tips-for-young-novelists How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! “Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet more than a century ago. “There is only one way. Go into yourself.” …

How to Become an Author: The Ultimate Guide

Full article with thanks to https://blog.reedsy.com/how-to-become-an-author/ There’s a very short answer to the question of how to become an author. Simply publish a book. With advances in self-publishing, you could technically write and publish a book this afternoon and call yourself an author. So instead, we’re going to ask a better question: how do you become a self-sustaining author? In this post, we’ll …

How Long Does Writing a Novel Take?

Full article with thanks to https://www.novel-writing-help.com/how-long-does-writing-a-novel-take.html Writing a novel takes as long as it takes, no more and no less. Yes, that’s an annoying answer – but then it is one of those piece-of-string questions. Seriously, it’s impossible to be specific because there are too many variables involved… Do you have one hour a day to devote to novel writing or eight? …

Benefits of Reading Books: How It Can Positively Affect Your Life

Full article with thanks to https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-reading-books In the 11th century, a Japanese woman known as Murasaki Shikibu wrote “The Tale of Genji,” a 54-chapter story of courtly seduction believed to be the world’s first novel. Nearly 2,000 years later, people the world over are still engrossed by novels — even in an era where stories appear on handheld screens and …

Top 10 tips for being a best-selling author

Full article with thanks to https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29458847 Sophie Kinsella is the bestselling author of the Shopaholic series, Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess and Wedding Night. Her novels have been translated into more than 40 languages, and Confessions of a Shopaholic, has been made into a film starring Isla Fisher. Here are Kinsella’s top 10 tips for being a …