Roz Morris's Blog, page 2

July 3, 2016

I’ve had an interesting question from Ben Collins. I have read that each part of a novel should contain a ‘disaster’ and that every scene should either contain conflict or be deleted. Is this too rigid a formula, or do you think it is correct? That’s a good question with a lot of answers. So […]
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Published on July 03, 2016 13:15 • 6 views

June 26, 2016

We’re in an age of new publishing models. And two of the emerging trends – crowdfunding and hybrid publishing – seem to meet in the organisation Unbound. The principle of Unbound is simple. Raise enough money to publish the first print run. After that, the profits of any sales are split equally between the author […]
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Published on June 26, 2016 16:06 • 7 views

June 19, 2016

I recently changed the covers of my Nail Your Novels … and got myself a nice long to-do list as a result. But as well as refreshing the look of the books, a redesign is also a chance to smarten up the covers’ marketing potential. Here’s how. Don’t miss the opportunity to tweak your sales […]
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Published on June 19, 2016 10:12 • 5 views

June 17, 2016

Who changes in the course of a novel? We hope the characters do. Sometimes the author does too. My guest this week feels that writing her novel became an act of emotional honesty that left her in a new place. Music was a constant companion – a mix of Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd and Parisian-themed […]
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Published on June 17, 2016 00:25 • 5 views

June 12, 2016

I recently watched the BBC’s adaptation of John le Carré’s The Night Manager, and of course went straight to the novel afterwards. I thoroughly enjoyed the TV adaptation, but I’m loving the novel more. You might think that’s an obvious thing for a writer to say. But I’d like to think about why. Let’s put aside […]
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Published on June 12, 2016 05:22 • 18 views

June 6, 2016

I’m not good at nominating favourites. I find the question too complicated to answer so absolutely. For instance, a favourite book? Favourite in what subset of a subset? It’s like comparing apples to aardvarks. But I do have a few authors I’m wholeheartedly absolute about, and one of them is Peter Shaffer, whose death was […]
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Published on June 06, 2016 11:19 • 9 views

June 5, 2016

I know email newsletters are the holy grail of marketing and building an audience. I fully accept that we need to nudge people to sign up. I know we need to use calls to action, and not be afraid to say ‘here’s my book and here’s where to buy it’ or ‘this offer will end […]
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Published on June 05, 2016 05:21 • 4 views

June 3, 2016

My guest this week says he is much concerned with reinvention. He’s spent his life setting himself challenges to embrace new careers, lifestyles, places to live – and the latest of those reinventions is being a novelist. His debut title is a story of 1970s Glasgow and required some daring imaginative reinventions – not least, […]
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Published on June 03, 2016 01:41 • 3 views

May 29, 2016

Most of us here probably have a shoal of books about writing craft. Here’s just one of my shelves. But which was the first writing book you ever read? For me, it was The Craft of Novel-Writing by Dianne Doubtfire. It was a gift from Husband Dave when we first met in 1992. It’s a […]
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Published on May 29, 2016 11:26 • 19 views

May 27, 2016

My guest this week delved into personal experiences to write her latest novel. In the 1970s she was working on a psychiatric ward where electric shock treatment was taking place. Years later, troubled by what she had seen, she wrote a novel. She turned to music to reawaken her own memories of the time and […]
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Published on May 27, 2016 10:35 • 5 views