Clare Mackintosh shares writing tips for writers

After spending 12 years in the UK police force, Clare Mackintosh left it in 2011 to work as a writer and spend more time with her family. Although she had her fair share of struggling to be a full-time writer, fame was inevitable for the author as her 2015 debut novel “I’ll Let You Go” was an instant bestseller and it also became the best-selling title of a new detective writer. of the year. “I resigned from the police and found that crime pays,” she told The Sunday Times in an interview.

Since then, there is no turning back for the British author. She wrote “I See You” in 2016 and “Let Me Lie” in 2018. Over 2 million copies of her books have been sold. His works have been translated into 35 languages.

Clare was also an esteemed speaker at Times Literature Festivals (TLF) – Kolkata and Delhi in 2018. In one of the panel discussions titled “Cop Tales: Inside a Criminal’s Mind” at TLF Delhi, she said that although her stories are fictitious, inspiration comes from real life. At TLF Kolkata, she shared her writing tips for aspiring writers in a talk titled “How to Write a Successful Thriller”. She was highly regarded by the public for her outspoken ideas at both festivals.

The bestselling author recently took to her official Twitter account where she shared her “five quick tips for writers (anytime – I remember it frequently!)”. Here is what she wrote:

1. Ending your writing session halfway through a scene means you can dive right in the next time you’re at your desk. No need to look at a blank page anymore!

2. Don’t obsess over polishing the perfect sentence – go ahead and write the story. This phrase might not even make the final cut.

3. If you have trouble writing, choose a favorite book and type a few pages. The action often unlocks the creative part of your brain.

4. Five minutes of writing is better than no minutes. Practice writing in short bursts – you will be doing more than waiting for a completely clear day.

5. Don’t feel like you have to write scenes in order. If you are dying to write something that will come later, let it go.

Other writers and aspiring writers might find these tips helpful or not quite agree with them, adds Clare, “PSA: It’s * my * way, I’m not telling you what to do. ”

Meanwhile, Clare’s latest book ‘After the End’ was released on June 25, 2019.

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