The Mystery Of Writing
As great jobs go, it’s right up there with wicker repair and stoat breeding. Tell someone you’re a writer and you often get answers of a pitying ‘That’s nice for you’ variety.
I don’t talk much about ‘Why I Write’ mainly because we all do it differently. But a conversational exchange caught my attention recently that sparked my interest:
‘Is writing what you most want to do?’
‘Oh yes, I write every day.’
‘Is there ever a day when you could not write?’
Good point. For many of us, writing is like breathing, and to stop is to die. Which, of itself, doesn’t make you a good writer, but is at least a good pointer to someone who’ll stay the course.
The Peculiar Crimes Unit website here is a chance to explore my writing and characters in more literary detail, and I’ve just added new sections for those who want some in-depth articles on writing. Feel free to pull open its eight drawers of information – there will be more on the writing of mysteries, and indeed, on the mystery of writing.