I’m Nicola, and I have been writing for a living for 17 years, as a journalist, copywriter, editor and most recently, as an author.
In 2016 I received a two book deal from Piatkus, Little Brown. My debut novel THE GODS OF LOVE will be published in Feb 2018.
So, what’s my writing story?
Even though I was working as a journalist for many years, it took me a long time to admit I wanted to write fiction. And then when I started it took me even longer to understand my own processes, work out what kind of writer I was, and learn to write the kind of fiction I love to read.So trust me when I say I’ve been where you are.
I’ve written stories and ditched them. I’ve started novels and not finished them, or finished them and not shown anyone. But along the way I’ve discovered the techniques and – more importantly – the attitude that allowed me to finish my first novel, write query letters and synopses, pitch out, get rejected, pitch out again, get an agent, receive interest in my work and land a two book deal with one of the big five publishers.
I got my book deal the year I turned forty. Plenty of other writers who have best-selling, award winning books got published in their fifties and sixties, so don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done, or that it’s too late to try. (But still, don’t wait any longer. Start now!)
So. I’m not here to tell you how to write, I’m here to tell you that you already can. Whatever you need to learn, you will learn by doing. You just need to get out of your own way.
Then why do you need me?
Well, with these articles, creative writing classes and mentor sessions, I’m offering what I wished I’d had when I started out – a place to find encouragement and advice about the blocks to writing, as well as a space in which to get some words down on the page, to spark new ideas and nurture creative confidence.
I love writing. I believe we are all creative, and I want to help more people re-connect with the flow of creativity that they know is inside them, because I know how transformative it can be.
Click here to find out about classes I am running in Manchester, UK.
Or if you’d like to have a chat with me about any of the above, I’m always happy to hear from you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Creative Writing