After Sebastian Falls by Celeste Holloway last week, today’s Wednesday feature is another YA Urban Fantasy The Blood She Betrayed by Cheryse Durrant. Here’s the book trailer. Cheryse is a successful author with a three-book contract from Clan Destine Press, Australia. Elevator pitch: A warrior princess comes to Earth to find an ancient artefact to…
I write often at a food court in one of the shopping malls in the neighbourhood. Today I have 600 words already under my belt when I set off, so I do not feel that fear which always accompanies an empty page. But I do have to start a chapter, and that is hard.
Sometimes the best way to write is just wait for it to come, and surround myself with the hum of conversation, with the clatter of cutlery thrown against ceramic plates, the muted screech of chairs drawn out from under the tables, the whir of the food processor as yet another milkshake is born.
Literary fiction writers are often a staid, boring lot. (I should know, I’ve written in this ‘genre’ for about 5 years now.) But as I read in the Guardian yesterday, top novelists are now looking to ebooks to challenge the rules of fiction!
Approaching your work as something you want to sell and not as a slice of your soul changes what you see when you’re reading it. For the better. The results can be the difference between writing that is genuinely good and writing that grabs hold of your reader and takes them for a ride.
Each of them can be anything, a straight line, a dusty horseshoe, an exploding seaweed, a violent flower, a taxi upturned, a vertical road, a bashed-up song, a thought without a ladder, a dancing boat, a frequency of being, an empty corridor.