Finding a Literary Agent

Finding a literary agent is every debut novelist’s Holy Grail. Literary agents are your in into the fiercely competitive publishing world. They know people. They know editors who can propel your book into the literary stratosphere. After 6 weeks of intensive querying followed by multiple offers of representation, I’m thrilled …

#amquerying

Two years ago, I thought I had finished my novel. Boy, how wrong I was. One ginormous life move across the pond later, I found myself attending a local writing group in my New Jersey town, eager to maintain the momentum I had built from the marvellous West London Writers’ …

MFA in Creative Writing

I’m thrilled to officially announce that I’ve been accepted on to an MFA in Creative Writing. It’s been some time since I finished my first draft of a novel, and editing the thing has been quite the process. It’s required structure, discipline and that thing that writers crave but never …

Finished my first draft…now what?

I can’t believe this day has actually come but I’ve finally finished the first draft of my first ever novel. It’s messy, unrefined and illogical, but there’s a beginning, middle and end in there somewhere…yep, it’s definitely a story, a story that has been bubbling away inside of me for …

Writer’s block is a thing

Writer’s block is a thing and anybody who tells you otherwise is just lying. There are days when I get these joyous moments of creativity and the words just sort of ‘happen’ on the page. Looking back on what I’ve written, it’s like a stranger’s writing. And there are other …

Welcome to Natalie Harris-Spencer.com

Welcome to Natalie Harris-Spencer.com, the new home for everything that used to be Natalie R Harris! Seriously, it’s an administrative nightmare changing one’s name, and even more so when you have lots of social profiles and accounts, all with slightly different versions of your name. I debated long and hard …