I've Been Asked More Questions.....

..…over the course of many years' worth of author visits than I could possibly get down, and I have many writing tips to share.  Here are just a few of them, which will be added to on a regular basis so keep an eye on this section.  

Tuesday
Feb222011

Q. What's your top tip for writing good stories? 

A.  The answer to that one comes in the word 'voice'.  As a young writer, it used to exasperate me that everything I wrote sounded like me - in other words like a little kid - so I used to copy famous authors' styles, thinking that if I could only sound like them I'd be a proper writer.  And that was good.  I learned a lot from other writers and it helped me to develop.  When I'd served my apprenticeship though, I had to learn to write in my own style.  It wasn't good enough to sound like Tolkien, say, or Emily Bronte. I had to learn to have confidence in my own writer's voice. It took me a long time to learn this, but it's what I did when I wrote 'Midnight Blue', which won the Smarties Book Prize.  And I haven't looked back since.

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