I want to be a writer. Do you have any tips?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get from readers, so for all you aspiring writers out there, here are my Tip Top Writing Tips!

*Use your 5 senses when writing a scene: sight – what a place looks like, how it sounds, how it smells, any tastes? And lastly how it feels

*Write every day Don’t blab your story out to everyone. Only show it to those who will give constructive criticism

*Create a sympathetic character that readers will like. Think about what they want more than anything in the world. Then think about lots of things that can get in their way. Then there’s your book.

* Raise questions early on in your book and delay the answers to make readers want to read on to find out what happens.

*Carry a note book as you never know when inspiration will strike

* Write like you speak DonÂ’t throw anything you write away as years later, it may spark something off

*Write the kind of stories you’d like to read

*Write the first draft freely without judging it then rewrite with the rational/logical side of your brain

*Read a lot

*Never give up. Persevere through rejection. Loads of famous novelists had their books rejected first time round but were successful because they didn’t give up.