Thursday, 22 March 2007

Louis de Bernières' Advice to New Writers

Here's some good advice from Louis de , author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Birds Without Wings:

What advice would you give to new writers?
Don't be at all hesitant to exaggerate and tell lies. People get trapped by stories which usually happened to themselves or to people they know, and they feel obliged to tell the truth. To tell it as it was. But the important thing is to know how to change the truth to make it a better story.

It's taken from an interview in The Guardian. You can read the whole thing here.


Sibelius said...

I like Phillip Pullman's advice:

"Don't. You'll never make it. You'll never earn a living. Get a decent job and forget all about it. It's a silly idea. There's no future in it."

Elmore said...

'Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was stabbed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman's name out of a satire; then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to be a writer -and if so, why?

Bennett Cerf, co-founder of Random House