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My Five Rules For Successful Writing

Pauline RowsonWriting is a tough game so to make it easier here are my five rules to successful writing!

1. Travel by public transport as often as you can.  If you’ve got a free bus pass so much the better, you can stay on the bus all day and save on heating bills at home.  You see and meet some great characters for novels.

2. Be nosy. Earwig other people's conversations in cafes, bars, buses, trains and on their mobile phones. Hoover up their stories and anecdotes only don’t to it too overtly because you’ll either get arrested or punched in the face. People watch. Register the body language.  It adds colour to your characters, but ditto above.

3. Write for yourself rather than trying to write to suit your publisher, your agent, your readers, friends, relatives or reviewers because if you do the latter then you’ll end up with something watered down and weak that nobody loves least of all you. Don't read reviews, or if you do learn to take the rough with the smooth and then carry on writing for yourself and for enjoyment, not to please the woman from Woking who claims your novels are utter tripe.

4. If you get to the stage in your novel where you're bored with the story, then your reader will almost certainly be bored too. Chuck it out and start again. Or as Chandler once said, bring in a man with a gun.

5. Marry someone rich. It helps.  If you can’t then accept that writing is hard work.  You don't get a pension plan, and you don't get a regular salary cheque. Nobody is forcing you to do this, so don't moan, enjoy it and if you don't enjoy it, don't do it.  

PS And don’t spend too much time drawing up lists otherwise you’ll never get any writing done.

Happy writing and now it's time for me to get back to my own writing!

Pauline Rowson is the author of thirteen crime novels, eleven in the DI Andy Horton series. with the twelfth Fatal Catch being published by Severn House in September 2015. Her work has received critical acclaim in the UK, USA and Commonwealth where her novels have been hailed as "exemplary police procedurals”, "cleverly plotted, complex and multi-layered.” Her novels have also been translated into several languages and the DI Andy Horton crime novels have been optioned by top UK television production company Lime Pictures, who are seeking to bring the enigmatic sailing detective to TV screens.

Silent Running, an Art Marvik crime novel by Pauline RowsonShe is also author of but two thrillers, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill, and an action-packed a new series featuring former marine commando, Art Marvik, introduced in Silent Running .  Marvik will appear again in the second of the series, Dangerous Cargo which is being published in Spring 2016.

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AUGUST 5TH, 2015 @ 5:21:41 BST

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