Pulp Idol Firsts!

December 2013 will not only bring the usual merriment of Christmas and festive cheer, but also the publication launch of Pulp Idol Firsts 2013. This is a book filled with wonderful first chapters from up and coming writers, including myself, Clare Doran, and Sarah Tarbit. This will be an exciting event for not only those published within the book but also those who have made it possible. So, thank you to Writing On The Wall and the editors for great feedback. I would highly recommend next year’s competition to fellow writers, even to give yourself the confidence and belief you might need to progress with your writing.

There will be live music and cracking conversation at the launch as well as a chance to have a looksie at the end result.

12th December, Siren Cafe, 54 St James Street, Liverpool @ 7pm.

N.

WoW! A Finalist.

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Last month I entered a competition for first chapters in the Liverpool based literary festival, Writing on The Wall. I gave it a go for the experience of reading my own work aloud, which as I experienced is much more nerve-wracking than reading someone else’s. You also get to read in front of a panel of established writers who ask you questions regarding your novel. This was particularly useful for me as it got me thinking even further about where my novel could potentially go and where it would fit. It was a brilliant evening and I felt encouraged by the judges’ comments. Cormorano has some weight behind it and I am now more excited for its possibilities. I even found myself going through to the final, which will be held on the 25th May. An all round great experience.

N.

Current Resource

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Working my way through this novel about Liverpool’s buildings before and during WW2. Thanks to fellow writer Rick Rowe-Davies for the recommendation! Find his website here http://rickrowedavies.wordpress.com 

Come back soon and visit the Reading page for a review and if and how it has helped me with Cormorano. 

N.

Where Are You?

ImageWe are all in a certain place at a specific moment in time. As you may have guessed I love using images in writing and creating a sense of place. Scenes in fiction have to be set somewhere; not only does setting characterise it can also dramatise a piece of writing. Setting can make your fictional world more convincing for your reader. It gives it life. If the setting is strong enough it sometimes becomes a character in its own right. In The Road To Somewhere, Helen Newall sums up setting in the following: “If narrative is a journey, character being the driver, and plot the vehicle, then setting is the scenery along the way.” And where would we be without scenery? Below are some pictures I’ve taken over the past few years that have sparked ideas. Take a look at what’s around you and whether there is a story hiding, 9 times out of 10 there will be.

This is home
This is home
5am Sunrise
5am Sunrise
Strawberry Fields Forever...
Strawberry Fields Forever…
A Vatican Ray of Light
A Vatican Ray of Light
Winter's Light
Winter’s Light
Lazy Boats
Lazy Boats

I am aware that the concept of time and place is very strong in my writing, not just fiction but poetry too (see Stories And Such). Setting is an important part of my current piece. Cormorano is all about Liverpool. I want the reader to feel as if they have been placed right in the centre of Liverpool, to feel the hope and spirit. Cormorano is just as much about our beloved city as it is about the war. I want the setting to not just create character but enhance the narrative, and be the main connection between me, the writer, and you, my reader. See Current Novel section for more.

N.

Back In Time

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My latest project has led me back in time to my family’s heritage and so far it has been thoroughly enjoyable. Admittedly, researching a piece is one of my favourite elements of writing. I like to write about the things that have shaped our lives, whether they be happy or sad, but most of all I believe it’s important to know where we come from.

In the previous post is an excerpt from Cormorano. This is set in wartime Liverpool and based on my Nanna’s life as a young girl. Her family moved from Picinisco to Liverpool and settled in the Little Italy area of the city. Like many grandparents do, she told me stories from the war that changed the way I think about the world. Going through that at such a young age is unimaginable to me but I want to try my best to tell the story of where she grew up and what it was like to live through the war years.

N.