Writing your first novelWrite your first novel
The lesson I learnt from writing my first novel
Here she will discuss the lesson she has learnt from writing her first novel and share her advices for authors working on their first scripts. When I started writing, I started to develop my own thoughts, topics and personalities. At the end I had no clue that I would be writing a sequence in which my protagonist slaughtered a stag, but when I began to investigate her predicament and the feelings she was struggling with, it seemed oddly ineluctable.
This often means in a novel that the changes will have an effect on everything you have alreadyritten. While I thought all the work I had put into this person wasted, I ended up using aspects of his persona, customs and history in the evolution of one of the other people. I found it simpler to euphemise things I didn't want to cover in my shorts.
It is a small part of a much bigger whole, so it makes good practice to skip everyday things like buying, working and invoicing. As I began to compose my novel, I quickly realised that I had to bring up some of these everyday occurrences.
The novel, for example, is situated over the winters and one of the protagonists is six. I had to go to college, although I didn't really want to talk about it. For a long while I was worried that this would eventually gain the upper hand; that a large part of the novel would have to be school-based.
So, I began to think of the novel in layers: first build up the overall structures and concentrate on the whole. Then when I had the fundamental history, I began to work on each design with a certain amount of idea in my head. Thought of working like a painting: first with wide brushwork and then with fine detailing, stratified by stratum.
It made me do other things because the whole thing went around in my head, but not in a useful way! She has long been nominated for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Edge Hill Prize and was second in the BBC National Short History Award.
Mr. Wood holds a Master's of Arts diploma in Writing from Exeter University.