How to write a novel: following the strange – guest post on

writerlyHave you ever filled in one of those questionnaires that’s supposed to tell you what your ideal job is? Whenever I did, I usually found them desperately disappointing – but then they probably weren’t meant to send people to precarious, impractical occupations like writing. Except that one day, I filled one in that did. And it did it with one excellently judged question: ‘do you value the strange’?

Not only did this prove there is only one job I’m really fit for, it also summed up what drives me to write.

Today I’ve been invited to, who asked me to describe how I develop my novel ideas. Expect a lot of head-scratching, thinking, running, shopping – and writing of notes that no one will ever see but me. Come on over… and tell me if you also value the strange …



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  1. #1 by sbelleau86 on April 17, 2014 - 11:26 am

    Great piece! Thank so much for sharing your process with us. Has this always been your process or has it just developed over the years?

    • #2 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on April 17, 2014 - 11:40 am

      Thanks! Good question. It developed from the things I needed to do and the way my brain works, I think! But I’ve found that my method helps other writers as a blueprint for getting a novel done. There’s far more about it in my book Nail Your Novel, which I wrote in response to the difficulties most commonly encountered by my editing clients. More here –

  2. #3 by doaa531 on April 17, 2014 - 1:06 pm

    Reblogged this on doaa531.

  3. #5 by Will Overby (@Will_Overby) on April 18, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    Always enjoy your posts, Roz. Cheers!

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