How To Write – intro

How To Write – Advice from a writer who has done it all

A new blog about the business of writing.

It’s not about publishing, promoting, selling, editing, media plugging, or any other of a writer’s concerns. There are acres of stuff online for all that.

How To Write  is simply a series of quick lessons about the extraordinary process of writing – novels, stage plays, film scripts and all other forms of the art, by a writer with HUGE experience in most of them (I am old!). It is for all those who aspire to make a go at what can be the most fulfilling career on the planet.

How To Write – More To It Than Appears

Writing is not just a process of having great thoughts and putting them down on paper/computer, as many novices think. Good writing in whatever medium has to be learned. It’s techniques are infinite. They are as difficult as learning to play the piano. A someone famously said, ‘genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration’ (unless you happen to be a genius from birth like Mozart).

I have not won any major prizes (which can prove a burden), but I have earned a very good living from writing, which has allowed me to live in some of the most beautiful places on earth. Some of my works have made a lot of money, some a moderate amount, and some none at all. But each has given me great satisfaction and added to my experience. (See

The Aim Of This Blog

This blog is aimed at all those who aspire to do the same.  But without long examples and intense text analyses – you can get lots of those elsewhere. I will go for brief, on the nail comments about the myriad day-to-day specific issues which affect a writer’s task.

So if this intrigues you, and you have creative matters to discuss with me, send me a question and I will try to answer it for the benefit of you and all other readers.

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