I recently went to the Welsh Academy Writers’ Fair in Cardiff. It was a great day. The talks were good and I had some good conversations in between. One of the talks was quite an informal session with science fiction author Jasper Fforde and crime novelist Belinda Bauer. Here are some gems from the notes I took:
Genre: Write what you want to write – don’t be pigeonholed.
Never underestimate the power of the reader’s imagination – just give them the right hint.
You have to develop self-criticism – to know what’s wrong. Spotting what’s wrong should be a celebration because you’re learning.
You may never be a good writer but you can’t get worse.
Writers love story and love people.
When you read a book, you don’t want to see the words, you want to know the characters and get lost in the story. An emotional response. Ask yourself: How do I want my readers to feel at the end?
If you give an audience six good moments they will forgive you anything. (William Golding)
Throw yourself into a narrative hole and see if you can write your way out of it. The challenge is such fun. (Jasper Fforde) and if you’ve read his books, you’ve seen it done!