Dear younger writer self, can I give you some advice?
Joan Brady on taking the scenic route to write her novel, missing her deadline to go from journalist to author by a mere 20 years
Joan Brady: with the benefit of hindsight, what were the things I wish I’d known then?
I started writing creatively in school after my late sister Vera told me the best way to get good marks in English was to make things up. As an over-anxious child this advice seemed to be too good to be true, but I thought there was no harm in trying it out.
And of course she was right. Writing creatively did get me good marks in English. But it also provided me with a passport into a whole new world where I could use words to express myself and process the difficulties of life, something I do to this day with my journaling practise.