I’m planning to run a free creative writing workshop at Stockport Central Library on the 10th of August. The workshop is on how to help your reader visualise the story you’ve written in their mind’s eye and I want to use a worksheet which has extracts from other writers showing examples of how to do this. Being the conscientious girl I am, I wrote to each author seeking permission to photocopy their extract. One of the extracts is from The Shell House by Linda Newbery, a book I read as part of my MA course. When Linda replied granting permission (all the authors did. Writers are incredibly nice people) she mentioned that she had co-authored a book on writing fiction for children (with Yvonne Coppard) which was launched yesterday.
I couldn’t help myself. I asked if she’d write a guest post telling us about the book.
I first met Sara Grant at her workshop on editing (a workshop I highly recommend) when, of course, I asked if she would be willing to provide a post for this blog. Being the lovely lady she is, she said yes. So here in a nutshell is her wisdom on the editing process.
Rough First Drafts and Rigorous Revision
You’ve finished the first draft of your novel. Stop. Celebrate. Take a much needed break. Once you are refreshed…