Monday 10 August 2020

#A Novel approach by Jennifer C Wilson

Good Morning!

I'm absolutely delighted to be joined by my Ocelot Press friend and fellow author - Jennifer C Wilson.
Jen has popped in today to tell us about her latest venture that was published with Ocelot Press last week on the 8th August. This is something we're very excited about at Ocelot Press since it's our first non-fiction book!

It's on my kindle and there are some really great tips in this helpful guide book, information Jen has used in directing her creative writing groups and workshops. I have a hunch that the huge collection of notebooks that she keeps was well-thumbed-through to decided on which materials should be contained in A Novel Approach.

My huge congratulations to Jen, and I'll pass over to her to give us some details. 

A Novel Approach

Everyone has a book in them, isn’t that what they say? Well, that may well be the case, but it doesn’t always mean they’re easy to get out of your mind, and onto the page. That’s where my first non-fiction title, A Novel Approach comes in.

One of my favourite things about the writing community is meeting and helping other writers, and through being a co-host of the North Tyneside Writers’ Circle, including setting monthly prompts, I realised that running my own set of workshops would be another really fun way of doing both. We held six workshops in total, covering the topics outlined below, and they were all really good fun. With all that material gathered, I knew I wanted to do something else, and so, at the start of Lockdown, I decided to see if I could form it all into an ebook.

I’m really chuffed with the result, and hope other writers are too – whether you’re at the very start of your writing journey, or looking for a bit of a nudge to get your existing idea down on paper, there’ll be an exercise to help you out.

I hope they enjoy using the prompts as much as I enjoyed setting them!

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:


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.

You can connect with Jennifer online:





Thank you for visiting, Jen, and best wishes with A Novel Approach.

SlĂ inte! 

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