Stay Up Late and Get a Cat: Barry Jonsberg
Good Evening! And welcome to Stay Up Late and Get A Cat – a whole new series of blog posts where we share writing advice from writers.
Tonight on Stay and Late and Get a Cat we will be picking the brains of LoveOzYA author Barry Jonsberg, author of My Life as an Alphabet and Being Here and the soon to be released, A Song Only I Can Hear.
So let’s hear from Barry!
Hi, splendid Inside A Dog peeps!
So you want to write a YA novel! Splendid. Here’s what you do:
- Get yourself a writing space [could be a study, could be your bed, could be a cupboard under the stairs [where have I heard that before?]
- Write there, every day – yup, that means birthdays and Christmas.
- Have a word target – 500 minimum – and don’t leave until you’ve hit it.
- Take chances with your writing, have fun and be different, because someone’s already done The Hunger Games [or whatever]. Don’t worry about the quality of your writing, just get the story down.
- When you’re finished, WORRY ABOUT THE QUALITY OF YOUR WRITING AND NOTHING ELSE. Re-write. Then re-write. Re-write again. Oh. Then re-write. When you think it’s finished, re-write.
- When it’s the best it can be … Start the next book.
Thanks Barry! Simple!