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.  


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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