Ian McEwan: Advice to Aspiring Authors

Well now … I’m curious to hear what my fellow writers have to say about Ian McEwan’s advice to aspiring authors.  He says:

  1. to write well, one must read, and
  2. one must set aside time for writing (creative writing courses can be useful).

No controversy so far … but, he also says “it’s the spectre of the undergraduate writing program which I think is deathly.”  Phew – glad I have an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature!

Those of you with an undergraduate degree in creative writing – what do you think?


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Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

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