Happy Birthday, Christopher Brookmyre, born 6 September 1968
- I tend to write best in office hours, really. I’m not much of a one for burning the midnight oil. I used to get a very good creative burst at some time around the hours of four and seven o’clock, but after my son came along that kind of buggered that up.
- I hate it when you read a novel that’s got a great idea, a great plot and a great scheme going on, but the way the character resolves it, it could have been anyone, you know, rather than something specific to that character. I think the character has to learn about themselves and change perhaps in the course of resolving the story.
- Stubborn perseverance. That’s what worked for me.
- Be honest with yourself in terms of what you’re writing. Is what you’re writing really what you want to write, or what you think a publisher wants to read, because that was the mistake I was making for a long time.
- Be prepared to improve or even have the patience to realise that it might take years to improve.
Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist who has been referred to as a Tartan Noir author. His novels include Quite Ugly One Morning, One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night, and All Fun and Games until Somebody Loses an Eye.
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