Literary Birthday – 19 July – Lisa Jewell


Happy Birthday, Lisa Jewell, born 19 July 1968

Quotes On Writing

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Writing a novel is a huge undertaking and feeling terrified is quite normal.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Lisa Jewell is a British author of popular fiction. Her books include Ralph’s Party, After The Party, The Making of Us, Before I Met YouThen She Was Gone, and The House We Grew Up In.

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 by Amanda Patterson