Jenny Kane: Coffee, cupcakes, chocolate and contemporary fiction / Jennifer Ash: Medieval crime with hints of Ellis Peters and Robin Hood

So you want to be a writer

So you want to be a writer.

8 questions it’s helpful to ask before you start.

Who are you writing for?

Yourself, friends, family…

What are you writing for?

Money, fun, to make a point, to leave something of yourself behind after your death, because you simply have to write?

So – you’ve decided to take the plunge, now you need to ask…

What genre are you going to write?

Crime, romance, paranormal, steampunk, fantasy, erotica, contemporary fiction, goths, thrillers….the list is huge- and expanding all the time.

Which age group/gender are you targeting?

Adults? Teenagers? Children? Men? Women? Everyone?

Let’s get practical!

Where will you write?

At home, in the local café, the library, or a hired office?

What medium will you chose?

Paper, computer, tablet, phone, dictation?

Will you approach an agent, a publisher, or self publish?

And- most boringly practical of all- can you manage your own marketing?

Don’t forget if you don’t market your writing, then all your hard work will have been wasted. No one will know your book exists if you don’t wave your flag! So, love it r hate, you will need to get to grips with social media.


Happy questioning!

Jenny xx




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  1. Great questions, Jenny. I write because I can’t NOT write.It feels weird to even have a day off, like something’s missing x

    • Thanks hun – I am exactly the same! x

      • Me too! It’s only since I started writing regularly (as opposed to the odd piece of fiction when the mood took me) that I’ve felt like I’m finally doing what I’m supposed to be doing. Although getting a little bit of money for it would be nice, too ;). x

  2. Same here! I write because it is something I love. I write to sharpen my intuition and surrender myself to it to let it help the story reach its destiny. I write because I want to share my story, and hope readers would enjoy it too. I find writing to be an easy and enjoyable activity. The power to express me is the biggest and most wonderful virtue one can have and portray.

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