Thanks to the lovely Womag website, I have discovered a way of asking novelist Kate Long a direct question – and getting an answer! (You can ask her anything, within reason. Someone’s asked her ‘what’s your favourite colour?’ answer: moss green). Green is my favourite colour too! (but I’m more an ’emerald’ than a ‘moss’!)
So, this afternoon, I asked her ‘What advice would you give to an aspiring novelist?’ and, less than an hour later, I had my answer, delivered on a webcab/video thing, so it felt like she was talking directly to me!
Her very detailed response (which, as she said, really depends on what stage the ‘aspiring novelist’ is at), was:
1. Submit stuff! If you haven’t finished a manuscript that you can send to publishers or agents, then try writing short stories and send them to competitions or write articles. Get used to submitting work. You’ll get lots of rejections and you have to learn to bear it!
2. Learn somehow, to differentiate the good from the bad criticism that you will receive on your work. (How do you do that? She’s not really sure! But it’s something you learn, the more you write!)
3. You have to put the hours in, you have to keep at it. Even if you’re just writing a sentence a day. Don’t stop!
If you want to see Kate deliver this advice ‘in person’, as it were, click here.
But why not ask her a burning question yourself?!
PS: I would not normally be ‘allowed’ to blog on a Sunday night, but my ‘partner’ (for want of a better word) is watching ‘Top Gear’ so we have come to a happy compromise! I don’t say ‘I HATE this programme!’ because I am busy blogging and he doesn’t say ‘I feel like I’m watching the tele’ on my own’ because he’s in heaven with cars and Jeremy Clarkson! It is, as they say, a win-win situation and one I can highly recommend!