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Things I Learned On My Path To Publication...

Lia Louis

Regular Writers & Artists blogger Lia Louis only went and got herself a book deal! Here are some of the things she learned on the path to publication...


In January, one of my biggest dreams came true – I signed with a dream literary agent, Juliet Mushens, and just a few weeks later, signed a two-book deal with a dream publisher. After all of those hours; all of those hundreds of thousands of words of worlds and made-up people with made-up heartache and happy endings; all of those ‘unfortunately, this time we are going to pass’s; all the scrapping, redrafting, rejections and tears... I got “the call.” Or the email, should I say. The message I had been daydreaming about for years. I'd broken through what at times felt like a welded and triple-locked door.

I am going to be a published author.

My book – the one I sat writing at the dining table on my laptop, at the park on rain-soaked paper, in bed on my phone beside tiny babies, grabbing hold of those slivers of …

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Beating Comparison-Itis

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Regular Writers & Artists blogger Lia Louis returns to talk about the ill-effects of the dreaded Comparison-itis, and how it can be overcome...


While the rest of the world seems to be suffering with colds and coughs now autumn germs have scuttled out from hiding, I am suffering with something that can’t be eased with Olbas oil, paracetemol and a long, hard mope: I am suffering with Comparison-itis. Yep. Comparison-itis. You may have never heard of it, but chances are, if you’re a writer, you’d have suffered with it at least once in your life. Or like me, you have an attack of it regularly.

When I talk about comparison-itis I mean to suffer from the following symptoms: the unnecessary, unhelpful, pointless... but totally tantalising action of comparing yourself to published writers, and the subsequent convincing of one's self that you have no earthly business in even attempting to reach their levels. 

It's a nasty little bugger, and can be difficult to shift from …

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Writing When Time Runs From You



I'm in my bed in the dark, a snoring one year old squashed into my side, a crick in my neck, and the sound of a rainforest downpour echoing around the room (the baby won't sleep without it. Just one of his many Mariah-Carey-Dressing-Room-esque requests). This is how I write now. Not all the time - no, sometimes, I am lucky enough to sit in perfect silence, at a proper wooden surface, with notes and coffee and everything. But mostly, this is how I write. On my phone, in the notes app, in a window of time I have grabbed with two hands from a speeding conveyer belt, and wherever I may find myself in that moment, however inconvenient, however far from ideal.

Before my life got as busy as it is now – before three kids, I suppose – I wrote at my laptop in uninterrupted silence, on that proper wooden surface I mentioned, feeling almost like a real writer – you know, the ones who sit at walnut desks, listening to Mozart and drinking coffee from tiny mugs with tiny handles. I’d …

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Let Writing Be Your Rescue

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Regular Writers & Artists blogger Lia Louis on the sheer joy of writing for no one else but yourself.


I can't remember the exact time that I started to write. I know I was young, I know it was before we had a computer in the house, and I know that as often as I wrote stories about magic trees and wizardy caretakers, I wrote long, thoughtful rambles about life, space, and sometimes, the cute boy in the house opposite who I thought may have smiled – or perhaps, Dear Diary, it was wind – at me. I wrote when I had everything and nothing to say, and needed to make sense of things. I wrote because it helped me think and stopped me thinking all at the same time. I wrote because I couldn’t find the right words to say out loud, and I wrote because I had thoughts, fears and secrets but no person I trusted enough to keep them. I wrote because it grounded me, and also sent me up, up and far, far away. I wrote because it was an antidote to an awful day, and also, sometimes, the …

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Take The Leap

Writing a set of goals and new year’s resolutions on the first page of a brand new notebook is as much of an end-of-year tradition for me as eating cold turkey sandwiches and pickled onions from the jar in my pyjamas, and eating mince pies because ‘we’ve got to get rid of them. While it isn’t unheard of for me break in the first two or three pages of my notebook with reams of resolutions, this year has been different. I haven’t bothered making a list at all. Instead, I plan on doing my very best to do just one thing this year: take the leap. 

In September of last year, I won a writing competition. My first writing competition, and if I’m being honest, my dream writing competition. I won the 2015 ELLE Magazine Talent Contest. A competition I never, ever expected to win. A competition I almost didn’t enter at all. 

I can’t tell you the amount of writing competitions I have planned to enter, and the amount of entries I have begun to write, and sometimes …

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