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Wot I loved today: Writing river

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It doesn’t happen often to me, but at the moment it is: my fourth novel is flowing like a great big river. Not one of those crappy rivers that moves fast but is full of shopping trolleys and dead Alsatians but a big clean river, straight from a nice-looking mountain where no animals stop for a poo. I am writing a good three thousand words per day which is quite a lot, given that my absolute limit for writing is three hours per day. And when I review the words, they’re GOOD. As usual the early stage – up to … Continue reading

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Wot I loved today: Accepting that I can’t polish a turd

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In one of my ‘Tips for bad writing days‘ blogs last year I wrote about the importance of letting go of an idea that is, frankly, shit. Any writer knows the feeling of trying to maintain a story line that is not only improbable in real life but completely incongruous with everything else in their novel. You know it’s not working; you’ve pushed it through twenty hoops – all to no avail, you’re lying awake worrying about it – and yet you can’t let it go! You’ve spent three weeks creating this turd! And so you polish it until it … Continue reading

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Tips for bad writing days: #4 STOP TELLING PORKIES

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When I have a Bad Writing Day – and let me tell you that I have them ALL OF THE TIME – I can go barmy very quickly. Barminess is not fertile ground for good writing. So I’m offering a series of tips from my own personal experience to help you with your Bad Writing Days. Take what you like and leave the rest… Tip #4: STOP TELLING PORKIES.  Before writing for a living, I was a TV producer. Bear with me while I use my TV experience to better explain this tip. So. When you’re editing together a TV … Continue reading

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Tips for bad writing days: #3 GET INTO (A DIFFERENT) BED

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When I have a Bad Writing Day – and let me tell you that I have them ALL OF THE TIME – I can go barmy very quickly. Barminess is not fertile ground for good writing. So I’m offering a series of tips from my own personal experience to help you with yours. Take what you like and leave the rest… Tip #3: GET INTO BED. (Your own.) In my last blog I suggested you get into bed with your characters, as they’re the ones who should be telling the story, not you. Today I’m suggesting you get into your … Continue reading

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Robinson goes to Paris

HI THERE my dear Readers. I write to you in a state of great excitement. Firstly, I’ve just been to see Penguin, my publishers. It’s only six weeks until my novel is published – less, maybe – and they tell me that the retail world is going mad for it. And reviewers, bloggers, all sorts of people are loving it. I cannot put into words how extraordinary this news is to me. Honestly: I finished the thing and thought it was absolute turd. To think that something I’ve written is actually enjoyable to normal human beings is just beyond awesome. … Continue reading

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