Patrick Ness's guide to writing

A Monster Calls and The Knife of Never Letting Go author Patrick Ness offers a guide to the entire writing process, from getting inspiration to getting published.

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Getting started

Patrick Ness shares his advice on beginning your writing journey: starting with page one...

Laying out a structure

Patrick Ness shares his advice on how to plan your writing – from how long a chapter should be to figuring out the rhythm.

On when to read

Patrick Ness shares his thoughts on when you should let other people read your written drafts (and who)...

Compare and despair

Patrick Ness warns against comparing yourself to other writers – even if their work sounds very similar to yours. Just keep on doing what you're doing...

On finding time to write

Struggling to find the time to put pen to paper? The decision is yours, says author Patrick Ness...

Freedom from tyranny

Author Patrick Ness explains how too much choice when you're writing can be a problem – and how you can solve it.

It talks! How does your book sound?

Patrick Ness explains that every piece of writing has its own voice - here's how to figure out what it sounds like.

Getting published: Are you ready?

Patrick Ness offers some advice about getting ready to send your work out to publishers.

Getting published: Where to send it?

Patrick Ness offers advice on finding an agent and a publisher for your writing.

Getting published: What to submit

Ready to submit your masterpiece to an agent or publisher? Patrick Ness' handy checklist advises you what to send with your manuscript.

Patrick Ness's Writer in Residence blogs

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Writer in Residence

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