Myth 1: Everyone has a good book in them

I can’t tell you the number of times people have wanted to talk to me about this – most often at parties after a few drinks! I’m not sure we do all dream of writing a book but I’m absolutely certain we don’t all have a good book in us!

After a short foray into writing a novel myself, I ended up feeling great admiration for those who do actually follow through and write a whole book. It’s not easily done. Just the time involved and effort of actually typing out those 100,000 words (the length of an average-sized novel) is a feat in itself, but combining it with a storyline, thought, structure and enough interest to engage a reader … well, that’s quite something.

Of course not all books are ‘good’ – not in the sense that there would be pretty general agreement that they were books of quality. But what makes a ‘good’ book? Well, I’m saving that thought for another time. Meanwhile, if you really believe you have a book in you then you probably have a yearning to write; maybe a passion for the written word. And everyone can try to write a good book. There are lots of classes and writing groups to join these days, but also perhaps keep a check on this blog for more tips, thoughts and advice on writing.

A Book & Writing Blog

This is a blog for budding writers and lovers of good books. I shall be sharing thoughts and advice about writing, based on my many years of experience as a professional book editor. These articles will give you an insight into the publishing process and offer tips, from how to get started to overcoming writer’s block, and what to do with your finished work.

I’ll be passing on big book and publishing news I hear about – major autobiographies, prize winners, etc., and anything else of significant interest.

I shall also be sharing some short reviews of books I’ve recently read and enjoyed. Working as a book editor, having time to read a book of choice is a bit of a treat. And when I’ve really enjoyed a book, like most people who love reading, it’s great to share the book or recommend it.