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Thursday, May 30, 2013

What advice do you give aspiring writers?

RODNEY HALL – author of Popeye Never Told You: Childhood Memories of the War

Taste: 10.
Read. Read. Read. Read books that challenge and stimulate you. Don’t waste your life on time-filling entertainments. Love the language and use it to the full, stretching it if you are able. Find out everything you can about words, their origin and use. Think about them. ‘Feel’ them. Feel the rhythms they create. Experiment to create different emphases by changing word order or choice of vocabulary. Get the best dictionary you can afford and a Roget’s Thesaurus (and if you’ve already got a thesaurus arranged as a dictionary, throw it away, it’s rubbish). Like anything, if you want to be good at it you have to practise. And remember that what you read will shape what you write. Choose well and aim high.
Rodney Hall

1 comment:

Genevieve said...

Thanks for that link, it looks like a marvellous interview.
I would like to see that Interviews sidebar at Booktopia in alphabetical order myself. I'm sure they'll get to it sometime...