A myth debunked

Another fine question has descended upon me, and in essence it's this - do I think writers are born, and not made?

I used to be of the romantic school of thought, and believed that to be the case.  I thought some people were simply destined to be writers, were so full of creativity and talent that they had little choice elsewise.  But since I took up this scribbling lark, I've come to see it differently.

My view of the tvdetective books is that generally, they get better as they go along. I think with each I grow more confident in how to handle a plot, when to tell the reader what's going on and when to hide it, and how to form good characters and set out convincing locations.

I've come to think that as with so many things in life, writing comes down to hard work.  Yes, you need a certain amount of talent, and yes, you have to have an idea or two, but essentially, if you work hard at it, there's no reason you shouldn't be able to make a decent fist of being an author.

I'm reminded of what the great John Cleese said when asked about Fawlty Towers.  The question was a flattering one, about how brilliant he must be to write such a masterpiece.  No, Cleese replied.  I think we had a pretty good idea, which we worked on and worked on and worked on, until it was as good as it could possible be.

Such is the way with writing.  Most of the tvdetective books get around seven re-writes, plus plenty of editing as well.  As I recall, the start, and much of the first part of The Balance of Guilt, changed about a dozen times until I was finally satisfied it made for some passable reading!

If you've got a question you'd like to ask, you can get in touch via the contact page of the site - www.thetvdetective.com/contact.html  - and I'll do my best to answer!