1. If I want to write a (half decent) novel then I need a PREMISE. Does everyone else have a premise? It’s your core statement, a description of the novel in one sentence, it’s what you’re trying to ‘prove’ or show with your novel. You should have it in front of you when you write your novel and refer to it continually, like an exam question. Every scene you write should be linked, in some way, to the premise.
Am I the only one who didn’t know about this!? (I was discussing novel writing with someone who knows about these things and now that I’ve Googled it, it’s everywhere!). Please, someone, tell me about your premise (or lack of) and make me feel better!
2. Lots of people are nervous about the publication (in July) of Harper Lee’s first novel. Just in case it’s not very good (and first novels are, notoriously, not great). Bless, her, I hope it is good but could anything, really, be as good as To Kill A Mockingbird?
3. As much as I really want to go to this ‘Yoga For Creativity‘ day on 21st March, I’ve realised that a 4 hour round trip to Shropshire is probably not going to do much for my stress levels beforehand, or continuing my relaxed state of mind at the end. Shame.
4. The Manor House hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh, the nearest town to me, in conjunction with Books Yule Love bookshop, is hosting some writing lunches and evenings! Hurrah! The first one is a lunch next Friday 13th, with novelist Katie Fforde being interviewed by Jane Wenham-Jones. There’s wine and lunch and a book included. I am attending purely for research purposes and, ahem, to support a local endeavour, of course…I will report back!