Five writing tipsIn the run up to Christmas, the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency will be posting an entry from one of our authors each day, offering anything from writing tips and their inspiration, to Christmas memories and their wishes for the year to come.


Rupert Wallis

Five Writing Tips

Tip 1

It’s important to keep your imagination ‘topped up’.  I replenish whatever I use for writing by reading, going to movies, galleries etc.  Treat your creativity like a bank account and try to keep in credit as you carry on withdrawing what you need for your writing.

Tip 2

You don’t always have to enjoy writing.  It can be hard and difficult.

Tip 3

If you have been on an MA or a writing course then try to forget what you have been taught and write naturally and instinctively according to your strengths.  The things you have ‘learnt’ you should try and use when you get stuck or write yourself into a dead end.

Tip 4

Writing is rewriting.  Getting ‘something’ down on the page is key because once you have done this you then have something to shape and work with.

Tip 5

Your book illustrates your way of looking at the world and part of its magic is allowing readers to see a different viewpoint to their own.  Therefore, writing what is important to you and being true to your story and ideas is going to make your book resonate more.

Rupert Wallis’ debut novel, THE DARK INSIDE, will be published first in hardback by Simon & Schuster in the UK in January 2014.  It has already received some wonderful pre-publication reviews including comparisons to Patrick Ness and David Almond’s SKELLIG. 

UK cover of The Dark Inside

UK cover of The Dark Inside

Italian cover of The Dark Inside

Italian cover of The Dark Inside