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The Writing Process with Cesca Major

Cesca Major

Are you currently writing a novel, but feel unsure of how to start and - more importantly - how to finish? Writing can be a lonely process and, with that in mind, we've asked Cesca Major, debut author of The Silent Hours, to share her writing process with us as she writes her second novel. Covering everything from putting words on the page, to character development and plot snags in a series of excellent vlogs, she's asked the questions you're afraid to ask and shown you how you can find your answers. 

Whatever stage in the novel-writing process you're at, whether you're a debut novelist or this is your eight novel, you'll find something to help you in the list below. Happy writing!

Week 1: Genre

Week 2: Research

Week 3: Where To Write?

Week 4: What's It All About?

Week 5: Character Aims

Week 6: Character Development

Week 7: The Fear

Week 8: Action

Week 9: The Rut

Week 10: Writing Resolutions 

Week 11: Character Viewpoints

Week 12: The Importance of Reading 

Week 13: Pace and Plot

Week 14: Character Arcs

Week 15: Emotional Arcs

Week 16: Twists and Turns 

Week 17: Setting

Week 18: Writing a Validation Scene 

Week 19: 'Don't Get Lost in the Woods'

Week 20: Endings

After studying History at Bristol University, Cesca went on to work as a TV Presenter for four years on various pre-recorded and live shows. She taught History for seven years and became a Housemistress at a Secondary boarding School in Berkshire.

Since winning a writing competition for the best opening paragraph to a novel, Cesca has won or been placed in prestigious short story competitions for: Women and Home, Wells Festival of Literature, Grace Dieu and has also had short stories published in the Sentinel Champion and Sunday People Magazine.

She has written regular reviews and features for the popular women’s fiction website Novelicious and now films weekly vlogs to help wannabe writers for She lives in Bradfield with her husband and their brood of ex-battery chickens.

The Silent Hours is her first novel.