Writing Wednesday: Good Advice from Jasper Fforde and Belinda Bauer

I recently went to the Welsh Academy Writers’ Fair in Cardiff. It was a great day. The talks were good and I had some good conversations in between. One of the talks was quite an informal session with science fiction author Jasper Fforde and crime novelist Belinda Bauer. Here are some gems from the notes I took:

Genre: Write what you want to write – don’t be pigeonholed.

Never underestimate the power of the reader’s imagination – just give them the right hint.

You have to develop self-criticism – to know what’s wrong. Spotting what’s wrong should be a celebration because you’re learning.

You may never be a good writer but you can’t get worse.

Writers love story and love people.

When you read a book, you don’t want to see the words, you want to know the characters and get lost in the story. An emotional response. Ask yourself: How do I want my readers to feel at the end?

If you give an audience six good moments they will forgive you anything. (William Golding)

Throw yourself into a narrative hole and see if you can write your way out of it. The challenge is such fun. (Jasper Fforde) and if you’ve read his books, you’ve seen it done!

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About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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2 Responses to Writing Wednesday: Good Advice from Jasper Fforde and Belinda Bauer

  1. I sometimes wish that blogs had a love button. This is very insightful and useful information to budding writers like myself. Thank you so much, and Happy Thanksgiving from Australia ❤

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  2. Liz Hinds says:

    I didn’t know about that fair; I am so out of touch! Sounds great.
    I like the Jack Spratt books.

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