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And Here My Troubles Began

 

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Auto Interview

 

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It’s Not Me, It’s You

 

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Which Novel Am I? II

 

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Phantasy

“An artist is originally a man … who allows his erotic and ambitious wishes full play in the life of phantasy. He finds the way back to reality, however, from this world of phantasy by making use of special gifts … Continue reading

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How to Keep Writing

“[A]rtists [need an] endless capacity for sticking with quite bad, early versions of ideas … it means forgiving oneself for the horrors of the first, second and third drafts … We need to keep faith with our goals without choking … Continue reading

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Open Up a Vein

“There’s nothing to writing, all you do is sit down at a typewriter and open up a vein.” ~ Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith

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Which Novel Am I? I

First published in 1955, I’m a modern classic & my genre – erotic or literary – has been hotly debated. Cunningly, my narrator is by turns depicted as awkward, virile and ridiculous. I’m as famous for my skilful prose as … Continue reading

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Photophobic Haemophagy*

“From Dracula to Twilight, stories with vampires in them are always in some way about the middle-class fear and envy of the decadent but mysteriously powerful old rich.” ~ Jenny Turner’s review of Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches ( … Continue reading

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How to Write About the Future

Imagine someone living, say, a thousand years ago visiting our culture. Which aspects would they have the most difficulty with? Our godlessness? Our demonising of violence? The prevalence of a high standard of living, of wealth & longevity? Our ability … Continue reading

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