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How to Write: Tips from SA Partridge

Inspired by the Guardian’s recent article bringing together “how to write” tips from prominent authors, ReadSA and BOOK SA introduce a similar series a bit closer to home. Watch out for top tips from stars in the SA Lit firmament!

SA PartridgeThe Goblet ClubFuseSally-Ann Partridge is the author of The Goblet Club, which won the MER Youth Prize in 2008, and Fuse. Her third novel is forthcoming from Human & Rousseau, an imprint of the NB group.

SA Partridge’s tips:

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1. The hardest part of writing a novel is finishing it, but once you reach the end there is no greater feeling of accomplishment.

2. That said, put the finished manuscript away and forget about it. Go back with a fresh perspective and begin your second draft.

4. Avoid cliche.

5. Don’t try and re-write a book that’s already been written. It was already perfect the first time. Come up with your own, unique idea.

6. Read as much as you can. Reading increases your vocabulary and is the best source of inspiration, especially the classics.

7. There is no right and wrong way. Practice makes perfect.

8. Don’t write for money. If you don’t write for love, it’s not worth doing. If you want to write for a living, move to America and join James Patterson’s writing staff.

9. Having a cat is a almost definitely a prerequisite.

10. Luck does happen.

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