Good writing comes from extensive reading, organised thinking and a willingness to take huge amounts of rejection and criticism on the chin. I think courses, etc., can teach a few skills and develop the confidence of the writer, but the only sure way of developing a unique voice and finding a story to tell is to try and try again—at home, in private, behind closed doors and for long concentrated periods at a time! The real problem is that we do not bring up our children to read and we disdain any subject that is not examinable. I believe that writers emerge from dynamic civil societies where ideas are being exchanged and explored—not from a vacuum!Eric Forbes has an interview with Shamini Flint up on his blog.
The Malaysian launch of Inspector Singh Investigates will take place 4:30 - 6:30pm on Sunday, July 19 at Alexis (upstairs in the Sino bar), 29a Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, KL. Please RSVP via Facebook or contact Shamini directly at email@example.com.
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