OPINION Paul Cooper

NWR Issue 106

River of Ink

I started writing my novel, River of Ink, in 2009, when I was a fresher. Five years later, I signed a publication deal with Bloomsbury to see the book on shelves in early 2016. What happened in between was a mess of self-doubt and meandering diversions, rewrites, research, self-doubt, an MA in Creative Writing, time abroad, reading hundreds of books, rewriting again, and more self-doubt.

They say you have to learn how to write a novel all over again each time you write one – so here’s a list of some things I learned so others don’t have to learn the hard way...

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