A Letter to My Unpublished Self

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Today, I am lucky enough to be joined by Lucy Van Smit, with a letter to herself before she became a published author.

Thank you for joining me Lucy!




To the teenage Lucy,

You’re not as ugly as you think. Pay less attention to others around you. They’re not judging you … not much anyway.

You made some of your best friends at school, but they’ll become much closer over the years.

Have more fun. Have more holidays. Do less work. It wouldn’t have to hurt to take up fell running, only you didn’t, in case you looked silly.

The Writer’s Tale by Russell. T Davies on how he wrote Doctor Who is still the best book you will read about being a writer.

Take your time: don’t rush to get an agent, or to get published. Write loads first. Enjoy every stage. Desire to be a writer, rather than an author. There’s a big difference.

Don’t think you are too old to be a screenwriter; you will have film companies coming to you. That happened today!

Above all, make a choice to be happy; life has a habit of rocking up to delight you when you’re on that wavelength.

Oh, and you will never be lonely. Not that you are, with all those books.

But writers find their tribe.

The Hurting by Lucy van Smit (@lucyvansmit) is out 6th Sept. Find out more and get your copy here!

Thank you very much to Lucy for her beautiful letter, with messages that e could all take to heart. We only have one life, so don’t miss out on your dreams because you’re worried about looking silly or what others might think.

Read the first chapter of Lucy’s book here.

Watch out for my review of The Hurting, coming soon!


The Hurting

Written by Lucy Van Smit

358 pages

Published by Chicken House

Publication date: 6th September 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

Nell hates her sister’s illness, her drunken dad, and the daily absence of her mum.

When she meets Lukas, adopted heir to a Norwegian oil fortune, she sees her escape: the two of them running away from the world. But Lukas has his own dark wishes, and soon it’s clear that what joins them goes way beyond love.

This is survival … and is any boy really worth her soul?

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