So the other night I went to Red magazine’s event at The Institute of Contemporary Arts. In The Mall. To find out how to write a bestselling beach read.
So you can all take it on holiday with you next year. Ahem.
And who better to teach me than the mistress of the beach read, Tasmina Perry, Lisa Jewell who shot to authordom with Ralph’s Party and Flic Everett, an inspiring and successful self-published author.
Both fortunately and unfortunately, the champagne was flowing. Fortunately, because I like champagne. Unfortunately, because I can’t remember most of what they said. This doesn’t bode well for my bestselling beach read…
I did manage to glean a few inspiring gems though. And I thought I’d share them with all you aspiring writers. Because we all have a book in us, remember…
- ‘Find your voice. Practice writing.’ Tasmina Perry on just doing it. ‘Writing is bums on seats.’
- ‘Write the book YOU want to read.’ Tasmina Perry on why passion is the driving force
- ‘When you’re writing the right book, it comes alive in your head.’ Tasmina Perry on how you know it’s the one.
- ‘Being on Facebook and Twitter is not writing.’ Lisa Jewell shatters all my illusions
- And with that in mind, download Freedom – an app that shuts off the internet as soon as you start writing. Freedom? Sounds more like Torture.
- How many words? Well, Lisa Jewell writes 1000 words a day. Tasmina Perry 2000 words a day. No mean feat.
- ‘The gatekeeper isn’t always the agent. It’s the assistant to the gatekeeper. Use pink paper.’ Tasmina Perry on being discovered by the agent’s assistant who liked her pink paper. Find out who the assistant is and what they like.
- ‘I can’t possibly consider a work in progress. And I don’t like your font.’ Classic rejection letter to Lisa Jewell on Ralph’s Party.
- ‘Self publishing was a bit like internet dating when it started. You had to be a bit of a weirdo to do it.’ Flic Everett on her foray into self publishing her first book
- And finally. ‘Not too demanding.’ The merits of a good beach read.
So, there you have it. Writing is nothing more than passion, bums on seats and saying goodbye to Facebook and Twitter. Gulp.
I have just one question.
If I give up Facebook, can I keep Twitter?