As you may already know, I’m a sucker for local folklore and legend. I originated in the ever-practical south-east of England, and when I moved to the South-West ten years ago, I wasn’t prepared for the wealth of wonderful supernatural stories that the region boasted.
Finishing the first draft of your book is an exciting feeling. It’s definitely cause for celebration. After all, you managed to see your novel right through to the end – and that’s a bit like finishing a marathon. Hooray!
I remember the first time I read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I was about eleven at the time, and the memory really stands out, as it’s the first time I remember laughing out loud whilst reading.
Since then, I’ve read plenty of funny books – from those that raise a wry chuckle, to those that induce tears of laughter. I freely admit, I’m a big fan of comedy literature.
Here’s a fact. People are complex. Even the ones who just seem to roll through life with a smile and a wave – they’re complex too (they just hide it better than the rest of us).
People are so much more than cardboard cut-outs – which means your characters should be too. But, therein lies the rub. How do you create a rounded, believable, stand-out character?