Literary Birthday - 19 July - Lisa Jewell

Happy Birthday, Lisa Jewell, born 19 July 1968

Quotes On Writing

  • This might sound daft, but starting really is the most important thing. Well – one of the two most important things – finishing is the other. If you can start and finish a book then you’re already a million miles ahead of all those people who talk about wanting to write a book.
  • Writing a book is not easy. It truly isn’t. I thought it would be when I started writing, I thought it would be a doddle and I was very, very wrong. I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to bear this in my mind when you start.
  • Writing a novel is a huge undertaking and feeling terrified is quite normal.
  • Pace yourself. If you write too much too quickly, you’ll go off at tangents and lose your way and if you write infrequently you’ll lose your momentum. A thousand words a day is a good ticking over amount.
  • Try to keep your whole life reasonably dull and routine. This helps. As for the other stuff, whiteboards, and planning and notebooks and post-its, well, that’s personal to each individual.

Lisa’s guide to writing and getting published

  1. Read a lot.
  2. Write about what you know. 
  3. Have your own voice. 
  4. Do a Creative Writing course. 
  5. Decide on a genre. 
  6. Write the ending first. 
  7. Do a first draft. 
  8. Don’t be afraid to self-edit. 
  9. Be disciplined. 
  10. Keep a notebook. 
  11. Don’t give up. 
  12. Give it to trusted friends to read.

Read all the advice here

Jewell is a British author. Her books include Ralph’s Party, Thirtynothing, After The Party, The Making Of Us, and Before I Met You

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