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Have you always wanted to write a novel?
Emily Winslow will help you develop the mindset and skills to get you started, keep you going, and see you through. Time to Write is a creative writing guide aimed at anyone who wants to write a novel and could use some support.
It contains 49 lessons, each easy to read and packed with insights based on experience. Emily has taken her own work to high levels with major publishers, and has learned from teaching at Cambridge University what makes students light up and what makes their work drastically, excitingly improve.
This book is full of encouragement, recognizing and affirming different work styles. It's a total handbook, teaching a broad range of specific writing skills with insight and clarity as well as covering topics around writing in-depth, such as how to give and take critique and how to evaluate publishers and agents.
It's time to write the stories inside you!
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Do you need to know the ending to write the beginning?
by Emily Winslow
I get asked this a lot.
The answer is: maybe! Some people work best that way. At the extreme end there are people who plan the whole book, even plan individual chapters, in an outline that they then stick to. If one of your favorite authors writes a book a year—or more!—they’re likely planners.
But some people, like me, can’t work that way. I’ve tried. I figure out a book by writing it. If I do write an outline, I inevitably deviate from it as soon as I’ve written a few scenes, using ideas that were not clear to me until there were words on a page.
I love knowing as much as my protagonist knows and no more than that. Then they and I together figure out the answers. If I know the answers and the ending in advance, two things happen: 1) I no longer have the urgency and motivation to write onwards in order to figure things out, and 2) I no longer have that connection to both the detective and the reader, carrying the same level of knowledge and curiosity. Being in the reader’s shoes in that regard helps me keep track of their suspicions and suspense, because I share them.
This also means I don’t do a book a year. I spend about two years with a book to write it, and then take time to think up what I want to write next after that. It also can mean having to edit and rearrange more than a planner might. This does mean I write fewer books than planners do. In some ways that’s a problem; having a book a year can inspire brand loyalty in readers and please publishers. I’ve made my peace with that simply not being the way my mind works. And I like spending time with whatever I’m writing about. I enjoy getting to linger and dig deep.
While I don’t outline beforehand, I do outline at other stages. Sometimes I write an outline when I’ve reached the middle, after writing the first half freely, making up mysteries to which I don’t know the answers and stirring up trouble for my characters. At that point I might decide the answers and plan carefully how things are going to be resolved.
Or I might outline after I’ve finished a first draft, to assess what I’ve done and think about what I want to emphasize in revision.
Are you a planner, or do you figure it out as you go along? Either way is genuinely fine. Both ways have advantages and disadvantages, and many writers don’t have a choice. I’m an extreme improviser, and that’s just how it is. If you’re in the middle of the spectrum, you may find that you want to choose planning, to get more done more efficiently, or you might find that the freedom of improvising brings out interesting ideas you’d like to explore.
Throughout Time to Write, my book about how to write a novel, I urge writers to get to know themselves and work with their natural tendencies. There’s no one way things must be done. For me, self-discovery is part of the joy of writing, and part of that is coming to understand your own processes.
About the Author, Emily Winslow
Emily Winslow is the author of a series of crime novels and a memoir. Her books have been published by Random House, HarperCollins, Allison & Busby, and Shanghai Translation Publishing House.
Her novels (The Whole World, The Start of Everything, The Red House, and Look For Her) have been called “brilliant” (The Washington Post), “vivid” (Parade magazine) and “dazzling” (Shelf Awareness). Her memoir, Jane Doe January, is “meticulously constructed and ultimately terrifying” (The New York Times), “potent” (Kirkus), and “compelling” (Bustle).
She grew up in the U.S. and now lives in Cambridge, England teaching for the University of Cambridge and for Cambridge Creative Writing Company.
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Praise for Time to Write
Acclaimed, multi-published authors love Emily’s teaching.
“Emily Winslow is a uniquely brilliant teacher. I would highly recommend that anyone who cares about improving their writing follow her advice.” Sophie Hannah
"Emily has taught a range of students of all ages, nationalities, and experiences, from first timers to those already in the early stages of a writing career. Students blossom with the confidence she provides." Elizabeth Speller
“This book is packed full of fantastic insights to ignite and stoke creative inspiration. Every teacher and student of creative writing will want it on their shelves.” Menna Van Praag
Popular life and business coach Kristen King recognizes the value of creative writing on mental health and self image:
“Emily’s insights skillfully draw out not just words and stories, but also self-awareness, perspective, and connection. Whether you're working on a book-length project, dabbling in personal essay, or just trying to figure out who the hell you are, this book is a must-have for anyone who thinks their words and stories aren't enough.”
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Elizabeth Chadwick, Loretta Livingstone, Elizabeth St.John, Alison Morton, Charlene Newcomb, Marian L Thorpe, Amy Maroney, Cathie Dunn, Cryssa Bazos, with an introduction by Deborah Swift.
|If you liked Pirates Of The Caribbean?|
then you'll love the Sea Witch Voyages!
|1066 - the events that led to the|
Battle of Hastings
Harold the King (UK edition)
I Am The Chosen King (US/Canada edition)
1066 Turned Upside Down -
an anthology of alternative stories
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Blog Tour Calendar
October 16th @ The Muffin Join us as we celebrate author Emily Winslow and interview her about Time to Write. You'll also have the chance to win a copy for yourself.
October 17th @ A Storybook World
Stop by Deirdra's blog to read "What Skills Do You Need to Write a Novel?" by Emily Winslow.
October 18th @ What is that Book About?
Visit Michelle's blog to see her spotlight of Time to Write.
October 19th @ Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews blog
Join Lisa for an interview with Emily Winslow.
October 20th @ The Faerie Review
Stop by to read Lily's review of Time to Write by Emily Winslow.
October 21st @ World of My Imagination
Stop by Nicole's blog to read her review of Time to Write.
October 23rd @ Sue Edwards’s blog
Check out Sue’s blog to read her review of Time to Write.
October 24th @ Michelle Cornish's blog
Read a guest post from Emily Winslow about why she teaches.
October 26th @ The Knotty Needle
Stop by to read Judy's review of Time to Write by Emily Winslow.
October 26th @ Deborah Adams's blog
Check out Deborah's spotlight of Time to Write and read her interview with author Emily Winslow.
October 28th @ Sue Edwards’s blog
Revisit Sue’s blog to read a guest post about choosing which publishers to submit to by Emily Winslow.
October 29th @ Shoes, Seeds, and Stories
Stop by to red Linda's review of Time to Write by Emily Winslow.
October 31 @ A Lit Life
Come see Stephanie's spotlight for Time to Write.
November 2nd @ A Lit Life
Read Stephanie's review of Time to Write.
November 3rd @ Bookshine and Readbows
Stop by to read Steph's review of Time to Write.
November 5th @ Shoes, Seeds, and Stories
Revisit Linda's blog to read a guest post by Emily Winslow about whether Time to Write will help someone who wants to write a memoir.
November 6th @ Michelle Cornish's blog
Revisit Michelle's blog to read her review of Time to Write.
November 7th @ A Lit Life
Listen to Stephanie interview author Emily Winslow on her podcast A Lit Life.
November 8th @ World of My Imagination
Revisit Nicole's blog where she shares "Does Daydreaming Count as Work?" by Emily Winslow.
November 9th @ A Storybook World
Revisit Deirdra's blog to view a spotlight of Time to Write.
November 10th @ Jill Sheets’s blog
Stop by Jill’s blog to read her interview with Emily Winslow.