Author: Paula Rawsthorne
Published by: Scholastic on March 7th, 2019
Genre: Young Adult // Thriller
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When new boy Jack starts at Zoe’s school, something about him makes her nervous – he’s so perfect, he can hardly be real. But Zoe is soon swept up in how charming, popular and handsome he is.
Soon, they’re dating and he’s everything she dreamed he might be – kind, attentive, full of romantic gestures.
Eventually, though, the cracks start to show and Zoe wonders whether she was right all along. Is Jack too good to be true?
Advice for aspiring writers by Paula Rawsthorne
1. My first piece of advice is the most obvious and basic – if you want to be a writer you
have to get writing! We’re all experts at procrastination, but if we’re going to create
a story we have to knuckle down and get words on the page. Why not just start and
see where it takes you?
2. Writing a novel is like running a marathon. It’s hard work and it takes stamina and
determination. Keep the momentum going and try and stay excited about your story.
3. All writing is rewriting – this means that you get your first draft down (no matter
how roughly) then have a proper break before returning to it with fresher eyes. Be
critical as you reread your work. Be honest with yourself about what needs
improving. Do the characters feel real? Does the dialogue ring true? Is the plot
convincing and engrossing? Be brutal – edit out waffle and padding. Sharpen it,
choose the best words to convey images in your readers’ heads. Redraft, then
redraft again and again until your story is the best it can possibly be.
4. Carry a notebook around with you to jot down anything that sparks your
imagination. Inspiration for stories is all around us, so be observant and curious.
5. Daydream- We have sensory overload 24/7 so it’s important to take time out and
turn off your phone, computers, X box and just stare into space. See what images
come into your head, see where they take you. We all need HEADSPACE to release
our imaginations. Sometimes the best ideas come when we’re doing nothing!
6. Use your 5 senses when you write. It makes your work more layered, vivid and
7. Enter writing competitions – they give you motivation, deadlines and themes. Make
sure they are reputable and not a scam to get money out of you.
8. READ – If you want to write then read as much as you can. Find books that you can’t
put down, that stay with you, that you want to discuss with others. Then try and
work out why you liked them so much. Dissect how the author wrote the characters.
What was it about the plot that had you gripped? Analyse it and think about how
you can do it in own your writing. Of course, this doesn’t mean copying them. The
more you write, the more you’ll find your own unique voice and style.
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