Every writer seeks inspiration and whilst that lightning flash of genius is very addictive and fun…while it lasts…please don’t wait for it. Just write. Even if it’s crap…just write. Find a time of the day (or night) that suits and stick to it…religiously. Make a space in your room that is organised and respected and USE IT! Keep your desk clean and orderly and treat writing like a job not a hobby. Keep that appointment with yourself every day without fail and I promise you that within a very short space of time you won’t worry too much about whether or not you feel inspired to write. Writing daily will be part of your routine and the results will be spectacular. Promise. They say success is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. So be prepared. I have known writers who say they will only pitch ideas to publishers and if the publisher shows interest they write the novel. I have also known writers who write for the market. They fail. Because by the time you catch up with the market it’s changed. Write from your heart, your soul and your own unique perspective. Let the market discover you. Major publishers may say they only want manuscripts that ape the current trend but they won’t look at anything with whips, fangs and wands right now. Smaller publishers like Linen Press will take the time to consider unusual well-written stories and the whispers are that Linen Press, traditionally a women-only press, is opening a branch for male authors. More on that when I know dates etc. If you do have a published book already consider sending a copy to newly-created film company Pacific Standard run by Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. They snapped up the film rights to Gone Girl and Wild. Also Dollhouse Collective is a new film company run by Rose Byrne and friends and they are on the look-out for books with “strong female presence”. Happy writing!