Booklovers Festival Authors Share Writing Tips!

‘Plot’ is a verb. – MARIE ALAFACI

Don't compare your first draft to anyone's finished work. Quality comes in via the editing process. – IDAN BEN-BARAK

Read. Then read some more. – BRAM PRESSER

I like to stop writing just before I've exhausted my idea and momentum for the day. It gives me something to start with tomorrow.  – ROBERT LUKINS

Somerset Maugham said: 'Life is the novelist’s business and he can only know about it and write about it with truth and significance if he participates in it.' It's easy to forget that the world exists when you're a bookworm, so it's worth being reminded to get out from time to time. Where else will you overhear strange and wonderful conversations? – KATE O’DONNELL

Everyone is different. For me, I avoid self-censoring in early drafts. – MARK BRANDI

I can’t possibly just give one. I’m going to give two! 1) Write the story you are most passionate about, that excites you and that keeps you up at night. 2) The beauty of first drafts is that they get to be rewritten over and over. Writing is really rewriting. And to do the rewriting you have to get some words down first. And that’s the first draft. – SARAH SCHMIDT

You will only get better with practice. – EMMA VISKIC

Write about what you feel deeply. – MORENO GIOVANNONI

Don't wait for conditions to be right—they never will be. Write whenever and wherever you can. – MELANIE CHENG

Write as you cook. The recipe will flow as it should and will be as natural as possible. – JULIA BUSUTTIL NISHIMURA

Stop thinking about it and just write. – JUSTINE HYDE



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