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A Novel Approach

I’m delighted to welcome my friend and fellow Ocelot Press author, Jennifer C. Wilson, to the blog today. Her latest book, aimed at writers, A Novel Approach, was published yesterday by Ocelot Press. She tells us how the book came about and what it aims to do. I’ve had a sneak peek, and I know that budding and experienced writers alike will find it really helpful.

Over to you, Jen…

Is there a novel in you? Let me help you find out…

That’s the goal behind A Novel Approach, my new non-fiction title, that I’m so excited to see coming out through Ocelot Press. I love going to writing workshops, working through prompts and exercises, and learning from other writers. And, as I’d enjoyed going to so many, I decided to host my own, working with writers through the various key stages of pulling together a piece of long-form fiction.

Over a course of six workshops, we brainstormed, wrote, and discussed, and the results were brilliant. Although it is aimed at those looking to write a novel, there were short stories generated from the prompts, as well as scenes for both new and existing story ideas. That’s the thing I think is great about prompts like this – they can help you when your starting point is the blank page, but also, if you have that initial idea in your head, but need a bit of help organising your thoughts onto the page.

The exercises will get you thinking about your characters, their voices, what they want and need, and what they’ll do to get those things. There are also prompts to bring your settings to life, making them feel real to your readers, as well as dropping conflicts into your characters’ paths, keeping the pages turning.

I really hope writers get something out of this, and would love to hear from anyone who uses it to get the ink flowing!

The blurb:

Based on my series of workshops held throughout 2019 and into 2020, this book is designed to help writers work through each of the key stages of their story, including:

  • Idea generation;
  • Creating characters;
  • Describing your settings;
  • Showing vs telling; and
  • Keeping the words flowing when you find yourself stuck.

As well as the above, I have also added sections on hooking your readers in, leaving them wanting more, and useful resources as a writer, including how to dip a successful toe into the world of social media.

The workshops were fun, helping writers of short stories and novels alike, and I hope these exercises can help you too!

A Novel Approach: mybook.to/ANovelApproach

About Jennifer

Jennifer C. Wilson stalks dead people (usually monarchs, mostly Mary Queen of Scots and Richard III). Inspired by childhood visits to as many castles and historical sites her parents could find, and losing herself in their stories (not to mention quite often the castles themselves!), at least now her daydreams make it onto the page.

After returning to the north-east of England for work, she joined a creative writing class, and has been filling notebooks ever since. Jennifer won North Tyneside Libraries’ Story Tyne short story competition in 2014, and in 2015, her debut novel, Kindred Spirits: Tower of London was published by Crooked Cat Books. The full series was re-released by Darkstroke in January 2020.

Jennifer is a founder and host of the award-winning North Tyneside Writers’ Circle, and has been running writing workshops in North Tyneside since 2015. She also publishes historical fiction novels with Ocelot Press. She lives in Whitley Bay, and is very proud of her two-inch view of the North Sea.

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Copyright © Jennifer C. Wilson, Vanessa Couchman, 2020. All rights reserved.

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Events Historical Fiction Ocelot Press

Meet the Ocelots this Week!

As a prelude to our character interview blog hop, starting next week, 5 of the Ocelot Press authors – including me! – are each taking over the Ocelot blog for a day. We’ll each talk about the background to the book in which the character features. Details in this post.

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We can’t believe it’s already 18 months since Ocelot Press went live. Over the next few weeks we’ll be celebrating with a series of blog posts and character interviews and there’ll be a chance to buy some of our e-books for discounted prices. So definitely watch this space.

For starters, this coming week, each of us will take over the Ocelot blog for a day to bring you information on the background, setting and salient facts of one of our books. You’ll get an insider’s view of the story behind the book – and each of them makes fascinating reading.


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Another “spirited” title joins Jennifer C. Wilson’s Kindred Spirits series

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It’s always a pleasure to welcome my friend and fellow author Jennifer C. Wilson to the blog. Jen specialises in writing “historical fiction with spirit” that speculates on what’s happened to the ghosts of well-known historical figures since their own era. She’s about to launch an addition to the Kindred Spirits series, in which the ghosts are based in famous historic places. This time it’s York. I’ll let her tell you more about it.

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Historical Fiction History People guest posts

See Richard III in a New Light with Jennifer C. Wilson

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I’m delighted to welcome back my friend and fellow Crooked Cat author, Jennifer C. Wilson, who has some exciting news to share with you. Richard III fans will be in their element! And I can tell you it’s a great read. But I won’t steal Jen’s thunder.

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History People #9: Jennifer C. Wilson, Haunted by Royalty!

Author Jennifer C. WIlson at Holyrood Palace

I’m very excited to welcome my friend and Crooked Cat author Jennifer Wilson as my latest History Person. In advance of the launch of her second novel next week, Jen tells us how she came to be haunted by royal phantoms!

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Sunday Sojourn – Corsica

Author Jennifer C. Wilson kindly invited me to her blog to talk about a place that inspires me. No contest – it has to be Corsica, so I’m writing about the village that inspired The House at Zaronza…

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Happy Sunday everyone – the last before December kicks in… Today, we’re travelling to Corsica, with Vanessa Couchman. It’s somewhere I’ve always thought of visiting, but never quite got around to, so I’m sure I’ll be tempted after this!

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Thank you for inviting me, Jennifer. My special place inspires me as a writer, is also special to one of my characters and is a setting for my story.

The Mediterranean island of Corsica is a place apart. The finger-like spur of Cap Corse in the north-eastern corner has a distinct feel of its own. The village of Nonza is reached by a switchback road that runs around the cape.

Nonza clings to a rocky pinnacle between the mountains and the cobalt-blue sea far below. We stayed at Casa Maria, a B&B off the village square. This typical Corsican house is foursquare and unadorned, but has superb…

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