How To Write A Book

We talked to writer Sarah Clark about writing-who inspired her to make a plus-size woman the heroine of her book “Viva Voluptuous” and how to write a book and publish it.

It is said that everyone carries a novel, but only a few take the time to realize their dream and write a book. As a copywriter Sarah Clark hasalready written a lot, but working on a book was a whole new challenge.Her first novel was ” Viva Voluptuous”  around the heroine Ellie Johnston, who as a plus-size blogger has the mission to show the world that you do not have to correspond to the thin stereotype to be happy, healthy, successful and beautiful,

We have met the author and asked her what inspired her to write and whether she has tips for aspiring writers.

What made you write “Viva Voluptuous”?

It was a conversation I had with a friend. We have complained that there are too few significant plus-size characters in movies and books, normal women who do normal things and are plus-size. Because she knew I had always wanted to write a novel, she suggested I should write about a plus-size heroine. My idea was then to invent a plus-size superhero that keeps the world from wearing a corset and heels. And although Viva Voluptuous is not a superhelden story, I like the idea that Ellie is helping to turn the world into a more tolerant place for the curvy women among us.

What kind of message do readers want to take away from your book?

That it is ok to be yourself-and also that friendships are important and you should cultivate them. Viva Voluptuous is about a friend of women, and this is the subject of the whole story – wherever Ellie needs support, her two best friends are for her with wine and/or embraces. When one of them has something to celebrate, she immediately calls her girlfriends – and when Ellie presents her ideas, it is the girls who encourage her (or ask her about her reason!).

Do you have an expiration when writing?

I started with an overview and when I was satisfied with it and knew that I got the contract, I wrote the book with the help of Chrissie Manby. She had a book on how to write a novel titled “Writing for love,” and that is a fantastic guide. I have only roughly sketched what should happen in each chapter, and then worked it out.

Ideas changed, chapters were revised and moved, but the guide really helped me to see where it was going and kept me on course.

What was the hardest part of writing?

To write. Most authors describe the first draft of their manuscript as a catastrophe and mine was definitely one.Apart from that, it takes another person to be able to see that one has gone too far, has not explained something enough, or simply wrote something that makes no sense. When you write a novel, you think, I believe, that it is difficult to see things objectively. A couple of friends have read and commented on the manuscript before it was professionally edited.

Do you have tips to overcome a writing block?

Read more books! I did that when I stalled. I’ve read another book, and I’ve noticed things that I liked about it: the way the author develops the characters, etc. This has inspired me for my own characters and my story.

Had your original manuscript to be edited a lot?

Yes! It was my first novel and the main characters, which I did not quite manage, were the dialogues – it was not enough-and in pictures to write. The groundstory was there, but the way it was told needed revision. I was fortunate enough to have an editor who knew me and really loved the story, so with a few guidelines from her, with more conversations, descriptions, and scenes, I made the disaster first draft into a book with which we were both happy are.

How did you find a publisher?

I was lucky! A girlfriend of mine was hired as an editor in a publishing house – she was supposed to take over her own project and she was very keen to get me on board. She encouraged me to submit an exposé, which was then accepted and the contract followed very quickly. From then on I had three years to write the actual book.

What is your top tip for approaching writers?

Just write. Write about something you know about what you love to write, and let yourself be inspired by genres and authors that you like. Writing should be fun, so you should write about what you passionate about. I’ve put myself in the writing of Viva Voluptuous in Ellie’s world and created scenarios for her as if she were a real person: This was a giant fun and total cursed world.

Thanks for the interview, Sarah!

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