Many people believe they have a novel inside them, but somehow never quite get round to writing it. Thinking about it can be intimidating. Writing a novel is a huge undertaking, and involves not only imagination in developing good characters and story-lines, but also hard work over an extended period of time in actually writing the book. It is, however, also an incredibly rewarding experience on many levels, and if you believe you have a book inside you, it is worthwhile trying to get it out. When I spoke at the inaugural Saddleworth Literary Festival earlier this month (see earlier post) I was asked to give a workshop for aspiring authors. It was the first time I had done this, and although I was initially nervous about the prospect, I found the workshop interesting and stimulating. I met some aspiring authors who are on their way to producing good work, but still struggling with some issues, and I was able to offer some advice and encouragement. As I was putting my thoughts together for the workshop, I jotted down some notes. They reflect some of the basic lessons I have learned both about writing a novel and about getting it published. After the Festival, it occurred to me that the notes might be useful to others generally. I wrote them up a little more formally. and they are now available, both in Word and PDF, via the link at the top right of the home page of this website. Feel free to download them, and I hope they help. I would like to do more workshops for aspiring writers. If you would like to contact me about this, please send a comment to this post. Good luck with your writing!