October 2018

Films about writers

One of the most misunderstood professions has to be writing. Everyone seems to think you don’t need to spend any time doing it, that as soon as you have a book published you’ll be a millionaire, that it’s easy to get said book published in the first place, and that ‘they’ could/should/will write a book any day now, they just haven’t bothered yet, but they have ‘lots of ideas for books’ as if coming up with the idea is the hardest part of writing. Where oh where do these misconceptions come from? Maybe Hollywood doesn’t help? Seven Psychopaths is about a writer who is…

Are ‘how to write’ books any help?

I will admit that I am a sucker for books. Any excuse. I never pass by a bookshop. And although I primarily read fiction, I do have quite a large collection of “how to write” books. So… are they any help? I think so. When my writing gets stuck, I often reach for a “how to” book. I don’t always find the answer but I do often get some insight into something which just helps me find a new way forward. What is particularly interesting is that I can read the same book on different occasions and each time something…

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