So, you want to be a writer?

I came across a video on YouTube today, a TED talk by Nathan Filer that pretty much said everything about writing a first novel that I would ever want to say. It’s perfect. You can watch it yourself, below. But to pick out a few key points. Your debut novel is unlikely to be your…

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Neil Gaiman on writing, publishing and ideas

The latest video on my YouTube channel is of Neil Gaiman answering questions from various interviews. I’ve pulled together the ones I liked the best. He’s wise and very funny, as one might expect. I hope you enjoy.

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Advice from Stephen King

Over the last few months, I’ve been building a channel on YouTube and adding videos. I am quite a visual person, I think, and find this an engaging way to share thoughts and be social online. It’s still early days; I have just over 40 subscribers. I’ve been slowed down by a heavy marking schedule…

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So I turned my blog post into a video. Advice for writers, the trance remix

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Some advice for writers

Start by imagining a trance soundtrack. Something like the backdrop to that speech about wearing sunscreen. You can play the original in the background, if you want to. Then I can explain. WRITE Don’t listen to other writers. Or listen to them fine and then ignore it all later. Or listen to them and take them very seriously and…

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