Sure, we all start out emulating our heroes, but the world already has Harry Potter, The Cat in the Hat and Pooh – oh, how I love him – so we don’t need (let’s face it, probably inferior) replicas. Why try to write something you don’t REALLY want to write?
Exciting times at The Lighthouse! Cat Clarke’s new book, The Lost and the Found, is out in July (and it’s stunning – buy a copy!). In same month, my very first children’s novel, Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs, hits the shelves. All this writing has got me thinking.
Whether you’re writing an intimate first person narrative, or juggling several different narrators, keeping a consistent point of view is a great way to strengthen your novel. And even if you have muddled up the perspective here and there, it’s usually easy to fix. Here’s an example…
Are you about to start a brand new project? Is this the book that will be your best-seller? Are you settled in the perfect spot with the perfect cup of tea? Stop! Read this before you go any further!