Write what you know – that’s a good starting point for most novelists, isn’t it? But what happens when you want to write about a life you have never experienced? Whether your characters are from another era, do a different job to you, or live in an entirely different culture, this is when research can make or break a novel.
Bristol author Emily Koch will talk about what she has learned in researching her own novels, give you her top tips on researching for fiction, and also discuss how to avoid letting research become the ultimate procrastination enabler, and stop you actually writing the novel (sound familiar?!).
Emily is an award-winning journalist whose debut novel If I Die Before I Wake was described by The Guardian as “a debut to be reckoned with” and The Daily Mail as “exhilarating”. It is a psychological mystery told from the perspective of a young man with locked-in syndrome, who discovers that the accident which put him in hospital was no such thing – someone tried to kill him.
Three up-and-coming writers will read at this event. Submissions close on July 1st. Novel Nights delivers talks from leading authors and publishing professionals, showcases work from writers and runs workshops to inspire and support writers.