First draft, rough draft, dirty draft. You know where I’m coming from here. The thing is to write and write some more. It’s all new and in the words of the Director of Deliverance, ALL GOOD. Hugh Bonneville ‘All Good’ Or is it? When do you go with the flow of a scene that’s just … Continue reading There are no rules. But lots of decisions.
Once you’ve started to write a novel and to reflect on how it can be achieved, reading becomes not just entertainment but also a learning experience. That’s why I sometimes hesitate to post book reviews here, and why I’ve decided to rename some of them as ‘Writer’s reads’, because the aim is not so much … Continue reading A Writer Reads: Maggie O’Farrell
The more I’m advised as an unpublished novelist to avoid a first person narrative (on the grounds it will be ‘harder to sell’ to an agent or publisher), the more I’m struck by how many successful novels (literary or otherwise) use this device. A case in point is Kashuo Ishiguro’s Never Let me Go, a compelling read I … Continue reading First person problematical