Many dream of getting their novel published, somewhere, someday. I can never forget the huge excitement I felt in November 2010 when my debut novel, “It Can’t Be You” was launched. It was a dream come true. As you probably know, getting a novel published is much more difficult than it may seem to many. I learnt the hard way about the querying process, the need to write a crisp synopsis, how a back cover copy can make a huge difference to you book sales and how the book cover has a major role in the reader’s purchase decision. You will find posts on these topics in my writing blog, “Writing To Be Read.”
There are some aspects of fiction writing which leave the uninitiated baffled. One such is the concept of ” showing” vs “telling”. Many well-known writers have written about the need to by and large ” show” more than ” tell” in your writing. This is crucial to make what you write more interesting to your reader.
Which is more difficult to write? Novel or query? No prizes for guessing! It has to be the query!! I discovered that writing a 80,000 word novel was so much easier than writing a query. I would like to share my learnings for the benefit of others who might be in a similar position – now or later. Continue reading “Q for Querying”
Some excellent advice from A J Humpage who has been writing fiction for more than twenty years. She writes on how reading helps writers improve their writing! The best part of the article I thought was the “Questions to ask” after you have read a novel. For me, this process of seeing a novel through these questions, came as a new and interesting input. I am sure we would gain from the valuable feedback the answers to these questions would provide:
In every story particularly in the mystery/thriller genre there are bound to be conflicts. It is conflict that drives people to say and do things which make up the story. Being fascinated by human psychology, in this novel I have given additional Continue reading “Internal & External Conflicts”