John Clarke, satirist and writer, was interviewed recently by the Sydney Morning Herald Guide magazine. He gave some very sound advice for writers. It’s nothing new, but it bears repeating. Especially with John Clarke’s turn of phrase to renew it:

“I’ve known a few people in my life that wanted to be writers but they were waiting for the finger of God to light upon them, whereupon they would jump on their steed and race down for some ink, and come back and lay the parchment out, pause briefly and write the definitive novel.

“Doesn’t happen. One of the things you need to do if you’re interested in writing, is write. You need to write letters, write emails, write stuff. And any writing is good training for working out who you are and what sort of writer you want to be.”

Very sound advice indeed.

John Clarke
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