Find yourself a muse (preferably nude but clothed will do) – and 9 more writing tips

‘If there is one piece of work that should showcase your creative flair, it’s your bio’

Rosemary Jenkinson: 'The great thing about being a writer is you will develop gluteal muscles that could crack a pine cone.'

Rosemary Jenkinson: 'The great thing about being a writer is you will develop gluteal muscles that could crack a pine cone.'

1. If your writing’s not flowing, rip it up. For me, the most successful pieces are always the most free-flowing. If it’s a struggle, be aware that a reader will intuit that too, so pull the plug. After all, Robert Louis Stevenson started 393 works only to finish 27 of them. I honestly can’t think of any job other than writing that involves as much waste – it’s worse than working in an effluent plant!

2. Keep fuelling your brain as you write. As I write this, I’m eating Baked Beetroot & Golden Linseed Tortillas which masquerade as healthy, a bit like myself, but are probably as bad as Monster Munch. While my right hand clicks on the mouse, my left dips more industriously into the tortillas. Testifying to the fact that I’ve just given birth to a new play, I need to lose a few pounds which leads seamlessly into…

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