On Writing

Writers, editors, agents, publishers and more share their thoughts, experiences and stories.

Interior of a bookshop

For some writers, the idea of promoting their book makes them want to quietly vomit into their hand. “Why should I have to promote my book?” they cry. “Surely the work speaks for itself!” I get where they’re coming from. We’re writers because we’re the kind of people who like to edit the hell out of ourselves. We’re not good at that whole “spontaneous” thing, or that “talking in front of massive crowds” caper.

Photo of  Inez Baranay in front of a bookshelf

Inez Baranay, our Year of the Novel tutor, answers 10 quick questions about being a novelist, writing rooms and resembling the Red Queen.

Emma Cayley asks Affirm's Ruby Ashby-Orr about the submission process.

Jean Flynn tackles the many misconceptions about romance writing.

Clare Connelly

Maximise Your Wordcount

CC: What do you enjoy most about writing (and reading) romance fiction? 

Clare: I’ve loved romance novels for as long as I can remember – and for many reasons. I love the guaranteed happy ending, the escapism, the glamour and of course the whole falling-in-love bit! 

CC: What comes first for you when writing a novel: character, plot, setting or voice?

Nina Killham

Finishing Your Novel

CC: Your novels have been described as “rollicking” and “wickedly funny.” Being funny on the page is one of the most difficult elements of a writer’s craft. To what do you attribute your success?