A First Chapter Teaser

Today, I discovered a first chapter I’d written before I heard that I was going to be published. Because of that, I wasn’t considering any guidelines as I wrote it, which meant the chapter – and the plot – reflects a freedom that I think writers can sometimes forget. But reading this chapter brought the excitement Read More

Haven’t My Characters Suffered Enough?

The best writing advice I’ve received so far was the answer to this question: No, they haven’t. I’ve always found it fairly easy to give my characters inner conflict. At least, that’s what I thought before I started working with an editor. I gave my characters a few issues to overcome during the course of Read More

Do You Love First Chapters, Too?

This week I started writing a new book. It’s one of the hardest and best parts of the writing process for me. It’s hard because you’re creating new characters, a new plot and you can easily get distracted when trying to make this book different to the past books you’ve written. But it’s also one Read More