What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Finding the time in real life to actually sit down and write… We live in such a wonderfully distracting world, and even though I am now a published author, I still find it difficult to prioritise creative writing over all the necessary daily things I need to do. Many of them are writing, but not the kind of wildly creative writing that makes my heart sing.
Can you give us a short synopsis of How to Write a Book (even if you never have)?
How to Write a Book (even if you never have) is a compilation of our greatest hits when it comes to writing advice – all the things first time writers wish they knew about finding the right idea, understanding mood and choosing theme, story type and plot details, character, setting, process, motivation and discipline and publishing.
What inspired you to write this book?
So many people – many of them Now Novel community members – asking me how to write a book. It’s not really the sort of thing you can answer quickly, but it is the kind of thing that translates beautifully into book form.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
About four hours a day – but broken up into manageable chunks.
Name your top five favourite books.
- What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
- The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Title: How to Write A Book (even if you never have)
Author : Bridget McNulty
Genre: How To / Non-Fiction
How to Write a Book (even if you never have) is the brainchild of Now Novel co-founder Bridget McNulty – a culmination of all the advice and tips she’s been sharing with the Now Novel writing community over the last year. It’s a fantastically helpful resource for anyone wanting to write their first book, a guide for all those who love writing and want to tackle the Mount Everest of writing projects (a novel) and a reference for writers at any stage of their careers who need reminding of the building blocks of novel-writing: ideas, mood, theme, plot, setting and characters. It’s also, quite simply, a great read.
Find out more about the Now Novel online novel-writing process at www.nownovel.com
Bridget McNulty is a writer and editor with a passion for helping people write novels (even if they never have). She studied Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and went on to publish her first novel, Strange Nervous Laughter, in South Africa with Struik Publishers and in the USA with St Martin’s Press. Since then, she has co-founded an online novel-writing process, NowNovel.com, that helps aspiring writers start – and finish! – their books, and founded a diabetes lifestyle magazine, Sweet Life, that focuses on the positive side of the condition. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her husband and son, and spends her days reading, writing and drinking tea.