What is Your Book About?

October 14, 2010
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What is Your Book About?

After reading the article ‘Never talk about your book’ you are now faced with the problem of how to answer the question ‘What’s your book about?’ without endangering your novel in the process. Your instinctive reaction will depend on your natural conversational style and whether you are an extrovert or introvert. Admittedly no one fits in a nice little box; some outrageous extroverts clam up at the mention of their creative work and suffer from ‘I’m not a real writer’ syndrome. Likewise those who consider themselves a reserved character may relish the chance to discuss their next masterpiece. Either way,…

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Never Talk About Your Book

October 14, 2010
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Never Talk About Your Book

Pretty much the worst thing you can do to yourself, and your book, is talk about it before you’ve finished writing it. The temptation can be strong, especially in the early stages when you’ve got this brilliant idea that excites you and keeps you up at night. Resist, resist, resist. Later, when much of it is under your belt but no-one else has seen evidence of its existence, it can difficult not to mention something that is such a vital part of your life. Before you do, prepare a succinct give-nothing-away answer to the question ‘what’s your book about?’ Never,…

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The End of Self-Sabotage

October 12, 2010
By Ros and Kate

You know how it is. You want to write but you can’t seem to get down to it. Perhaps you are suffering from writers’ block. Or perhaps you can’t even get to your desk. After all, there is always something more pressing to do. Look after your family. Do that thing for work. Water the plants. Clean the windows. Watch a film. You know how it is. And all the time, something is nagging away at you. The voice that says “You’re still not writing your book”. Welcome to the end of self-sabotage. We are two professional writers who have…

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