Happy Birthday, Peter James, born 22 August 1948
Seven Writing Tips
- Read. Read. Read. Read books that have done well in the genre you want to write in.
- I have this holy trinity of writing which consists of Character, Research, and Plot.
- Structure is important. Know your ending before you start writing. You wouldn’t just get into a car and drive without knowing where you’re going. Know your most important plot points. This does not mean that things won’t change, but you will never get stuck.
- Writer’s Block doesn’t exist. If you have a plot with a proper outline you will never get Writer’s Block.
- Once you start writing a book, make time to write every single day. Find a comfortable number of words for you to write each day and stick to that number. I am comfortable with 1000 words.
- Love your characters. Even your villains. And the way to make a villain lovable is to give him something to love.
- And one from Graham Greene: ‘Every writer has to carry a chip of ice in their heart.’
James is the British best-selling author of the Detective Roy Grace novels. He has sold more than 14 million books.
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