This is usually where people come looking to try and find out ‘The Secret’. And no, I don’t mean the positive thinking, feeling good type of secret (although that does help). I mean the secret to writing a novel.
So, how do you write a book?!
Ah, planning. As I’ve said before, I’m not always that good at planning, but I’m working on it. Here are a few things that I’ve done, some of them worked, others not so much.
My book started two years ago with a couple of lines scribbled on the back of my lecture notes on Middle Kingdom Egypt. I’m always having story ideas, but for some reason this one stuck with me. I spent the rest of the day musing over what would happen in this tale. Who would be in it? Why would they be in it? What colour would their hair be? You know, the really important things.