I wrote short stories as a child and spent much of my university days firing off proposals to publishers. I came close to getting a book deal a few times, but never quite managed it.
There was the time a subcontractor emailed me the day before we were meant to start working on a new project, saying she had second thoughts, and did I mind terribly if I took her off the project?
People did not buy your novel (that is, part with their hard-earned cash), so that they could be sent to Snoresville. They want to have an adventure. They want to turn the pages in a frenzy to find out what happens next in your book. Just two of the main reasons why setting and conflict is important – so try and get them right.
What makes a great novel? Whatever your views, there are roughly six elements that your novel absolutely should have, for a better chance at being successful. In this post, we look at two of the six elements: plot development and themes.
When I start working on a new project, there are some routines that I absolutely must follow, one of which is going for aimless walks. It does wonders for my creativity and my characters thank me for it, because it means I don’t kill them off.