Nothing is harder to come by - or more important - than inspiration. And it's not enough to be inspired: you need a concept that a publisher is also likely to get excited by. So here are our tips:
The heart of a book is its story. Get that right and readers will overlook a lot of other lapses. Get it wrong and your book will not be saleable. So get it right:
Any good story needs strong, convincing characters to populate it. Even if you're writing a true story (a memoir or travel book, for example), you need to bring your characters to life on the page. Here's how to do it:
Writers need to care as passionately about the way they tell the story as they do about the story itself. That means paying attention to your sentences - they need to matter as much to you as paint does to a painter. And remember that good writing is usually good re-writing - so be prepared to put in the hours.
Have we remembered to mention that writing a book is quite hard? But help is at hand:
Go on a writing course. We have courses for beginners, intermediate writers, those who are self-editing their work. Also courses for anyone writing from life.