A writer’s guide to self-reinvention

Rosemary Jenkinson offers some expert and witty advice on how to make it as a writer

Rosemary Jenkinson: I often think being a writer is like being a reality TV star as you have to continually generate your own drama

Rosemary Jenkinson: I often think being a writer is like being a reality TV star as you have to continually generate your own drama

Create yourself.
As George Bernard Shaw said, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself.” The greatest writers are great characters, and writing’s about invention, so start with yourself. The key is to keep rewriting yourself.

I often think being a writer is like being a reality TV star as you have to continually generate your own drama. I’m my own protagonist in life and I’ve cheerfully entered into disastrous relationships just to write about them, but it amazes me how many writers think it’s superior to make things up, as if the gold standard is imagination, when even a simple simile is a million times better if autobiographically observed.

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