One of the things you’re advised to do when you’re trying to write novels is to read lots of other books, and so I have been reading and re reading a lot of favourite novels recently. Not the classics – though I love Jane Austen and F Scott Fitzgerald of course – but the books which are more in line with the kind of novel I’m trying to write.
There are three books in particular which I think are so beautifully written I wish I’d written them. The words flow so naturally, so effortlessly, and the characterisation is quite brilliant. Two of them have been made into films with varying degrees of success – One Day was DISASTROUS as a movie but so perfect on the page, while I enjoyed I Don’t Know How She Does It enormously. And of course no one writes quite like Marian Keyes (who is now following me on Twitter – *swoon* – I strongly urge you to follow her if you don’t already, her tweets are like mini-novels in themselves).