How to write a novel

by Sean McManus, author of 'University of Death'

Book cover: University of Death I've met many people who say they'd like to write a novel and only two who have actually finished one. So now I've finished mine, I feel qualified to share some tips about the logistics involved. I'm not going to tell you how to paint a scene or structure a plot: there are many better-qualified people to do that.

Although my day job is writer, I don't think that gave me much of a head-start. I'm used to people telling me what to write. Believe me, a blank page with no brief is as intimidating to me as it probably is to you. What you and I most likely have in common is that we're writing in the gaps between a full time job - evenings and weekends.

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