The terribly smart children of Peckham Park

I had a lovely time earlier today talking to the Able Writers club at Harris Primary Academy Peckham Park. I showed them my book in all its states – manuscript, ARC, hardback, paperback, audiobook – and they asked me very pertinent questions, like:

  • What do you do when you can’t think of anything to write?
  • Do you write every day?
  • How long do you write for?
  • When an editor wants you to change something, can you say no?
  • How many words are in a novel (they guessed 60,000)?
  • Did you read the audiobook yourself?
  • If you don’t like the cover, can you make them change it?

I told them editing is as important as writing, when ideas don’t come you have to write anyway, you don’t have to have the whole story in your head before you start but a good idea always makes the writing easier, and I misquoted Chekhov – “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass” – and they didn’t bat an eyelid.

Then I signed their writing books, and they signed my hand.

Thanks kids! Happy storytelling.

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