Tasha Harrison was a magazine sub-editor and copywriter while she worked on writing novels in her spare time. Two years ago, Tasha took the plunge and decided to self-publish her commercial fiction book, Package Deal. The novel and several others are available from Amazon.co.uk. Tasha lives in Brighton with her husband and daughters.
Tasha’s top 5 writing tips
- Don’t think – write! You can’t plot every detail of your novel or book in advance. If you just put pen to paper or fingers on the keyboard and see what comes out, sometimes you’ll find your writing takes on a life of its own – with unexpected results.
- Don’t intend the first thing you write to be a masterpiece. Treat it as a learning curve. Writing is a skill like any other, and it takes time to uncover your true writing voice. So don’t aim for perfection or attempt to write like someone else, just be true to yourself.
- Join a creative writing class. I took an eight-week evening course and it was totally worth it. I learned a lot more than I expected and still refer to my notes several years later.
- Once you start submitting sample chapters to agents, expect rejections. Send stuff to as many agents as you can – simultaneously, as some can take months to respond. If you get a bog-standard rejection, take it on the chin. If you get a personalised rejection with some constructive criticism, take it on board. If you get a rejection with a compliment, frame it – you’re obviously on the right track!
- Failure can’t deal with persistence. Very few authors land a publishing deal with their first novel. I’m now working on my fourth, with guidance from a great agent. Everything I’ve done so far has been a learning experience and necessary step. If you love writing and the feedback you get is good, it’s just a matter of time and patience…
Find out more about Tasha at her website: http://www.tashaharrison.com