Audio interviews with authors and editors now released:

Jacqui Lofthouse interviews authors and editors about the process of writing and publication:

To celebrate the publication of my comic novel ‘How To Be A Literary Genius’ (“a comedy for anyone who ever faced the blank page and survived it” – see right), I have now released more material previously for paying members only. These audio interviews with authors including Louise Doughty, John Harding, Emma Darwin and Louise Voss are now freely available to all to download here. I do hope that you enjoy this material. If you do, please spread the word and share with your friends via Facebook and Twitter. There’s plenty here to inspire you to write and to help you hone your skills. I hope these interviews remind you to believe in your own voice and I’m certain you will find much here to encourage you to complete your writing projects, as well as useful advice on finding an agent and a publisher.  I really enjoyed conducting these interviews and learned so much personally from talking with the authors.

I look forward to hearing your success stories and do hope that you enjoy the interviews. They are permanently available on the site via the Archives tab above.

Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty, Author of ‘Whatever You Love’ – Shortlisted for the 2011 Costa Prize

Louise Doughty is the author of seven novels, including Apple Tree Yard, published … Read the rest →


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New material on the site to celebrate my publication

A Twenty Four module course in completing your writing work, now available to all.
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Recent publications by ‘Writing Coach’ clients

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The Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition

If you have completed (or are very close to completing) a novel for children or young adults, the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition is the perfect opportunity to get your work… Read the rest →


A fresh direction for The Writing Coach

“Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have… Read the rest →


On ‘playing a ten’ (or what an acting class taught me about confidence for writers)

As writers, we all need confidence in bucket-loads. Why’s that? Because we are working in a profession where rejection is often a part of the deal. We frequently work without… Read the rest →


Ten ways of finding time to write when you have no time (The Archive Series)

‘The Archive Series’ aims to bring all the best ‘Writing Coach’ posts together in one place on the new website.  This post originally appeared on my very first blog… Read the rest →

Gull captured on a summer photography course 2011

Annual Review of 2011 (Part One: What went well)

First of all, a very Happy New Year to you all and wishing all readers of this blog a happy, healthy, and creative 2012!
What is the Annual Review?
Last… Read the rest →


How a single image can lead to an entire novel: on listening to author Ian Beck

Question: What can a writer learn from an illustrator?
Answer: The fact that we don’t have to know the entire plot before we begin.  Indeed, we might know nothing at… Read the rest →

Could you and should you write a novel in a month?

A view on NaNoWriMo (could you and should you write a novel in a month?)

Win an appraisal of 25 pages of your writing work and a copy of my ebook in the Writing Coach Twitter/Facebook Competition (see below)
Today marks the first day of… Read the rest →


Ten simple steps to make editing a novel easier and more fun

Writing a first draft of a novel or any book is, you might say, the easy part.  But it’s at the editing stage that we craft our work into something… Read the rest →


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