19 things I know about writing

19 things I know about writing
John Boyne photographed at his home in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

Ever dreamed of writing a novel only for it to stall halfway through, or remain unstarted after years of trying? Perhaps John Boyne, a master of the form, can help. Here he reveals 19 trade secrets that may help you finally fulfil your ambition

Despite the number of creative writing courses that can be found in universities, both in Ireland and around the world, the reality is that no one can ever teach you how to write. They can, however, help you to improve. More experienced writers can identify talent, point out where you’re going wrong and offer helpful advice.

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