What are your top three writing tips for aspiring writers?
Oh that’s a tough one. I have learnt many things on the way. Here are my top three:
Get a writing group together, there is nothing better than getting feedback from other writers and having a group to hold you accountable!
Show don’t tell, a classic rule, but makes your writing much more interesting
To make a really fast paced story you need to ensure each scene achieves two to three outcomes. For example they are falling in love, at the same time as working out her secret power.
Note: This will probably change. Check out regular writing tips in my blog!
How do you find the time to write?
I believe if you really love something you will make time to do it. At the moment I am getting to work an hour early, and staying back late to ensure I write everyday. It really improves your writing when you do it everyday. This is also a great way to stay out of peak hour traffic.
Do you like to read?
Funnily enough, I am not an avid reader. I only really started to enjoy it when I read the Harry Potter series. Yes, I am a hard-core fan. I read to learn from other authors, I analyse what they do well, and what didn’t quite work. In other words I read to write better.
What are your favourite books?
My top three are Jane Eyre, Life of Pi, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Jane Eyre, because it is a true portrayal of real love, Life of Pi, because I felt my own heart sink when the boat went right past him and he had been drifting on the ocean for weeks, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban because I love how it twists your mind around time travel.