What I learned from the novel writing process

This article was originally published on Shona Kinsella’s blog.


The most important part of writing is getting everything down on the page; while it’s still in your head it’s no use to anyone.

I don’t think you can be too hung up on what you initially write because you’re very much sorting out the words you’re going to write with – and they’re not necessarily in the right order yet.

I decided to study an MA Creative Writing to get some guidance on my novel.

I was lucky enough to get a place on a “practice as research” degree, which meant I could focus completely on my novel rather than producing a portfolio of creative work.

When I got my first three chapters back from my supervisor, there were three big red asterisks drawn on the document, each a few pages into a chapter…

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