Category Archives: Advice

Hi I’m a major fan of your book elsewhere (it made me want to be a writer from a young age) and I only just found out you had loads of social media pages (from wordpress- ahaha). I was just wondering if you had any advice for want-to-be-writers? Thank you for writing such awesome books that have really changed me :)

Thank you! I don’t know that I have much advice beyond the usual: read a lot; write a lot, etc. The one other thing I might mention is that one should never be afraid NOT TO WRITE. Thinking — about books, about your goals for your writing, about the kind of story you’d like to tell and the way you’d like to tell it — is for me at least an important part of the process.

Saturday Wisdom: My favorite writing quote is by Samuel Beckett though it is not technically a quote about writing.The quote is from a prose piece called Worstward Ho: Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Rarely a day goes by when I have not thought of that quote upon sitting down at my desk to write.