How To Become Invisible

Reading & Writing

I get a bit depressed when I’m writing my forgotten authors column in the Independent On Sunday – the weekly column is now called ‘Invisible Ink’ , which allows me more scope to cover authors who are still alive – I don’t want to offend them by calling them ‘forgotten’ (as I managed to with the still very busy Bill Tidy). But largely speaking, the pattern with writers throughout the century is invariably the same.

1. Early success (thanks to controversial subject matter)
2. The Big Hit Novel
3. A rubbish Hollywood version that eviscerates original
4. Attempt to follow big hit
5. Another smaller hit
6. Collection of short stories (diminishing returns)
7. Move to Hollywood – disastrous – possible breakdown
8. Back to UK as a TV writer
9. Successful adaptation of ‘Poldark’.
10. More failed attempts to recapture early success as novelist
11. The wilderness years
12. Drinking/ Penury
13. Last attempt at novel that critics sneeringly call ‘dated’
14. Lonely tragic death
15. Forgotten for five years
16. Rediscovery of backlist

I guess I’ll be covering myself there eventually. Glad I got the Hollywood Years out of the way first!

7 comments on “How To Become Invisible”

  1. Martha says:

    How often do you write about forgotten women authors – or are all your discoveries men?

  2. Hey Chris, your site seems to be a bit off. The homepage/index of redirects automatically to your blog.

    And you won’t be on that list anytime soon. I keep pimping you out to all my friends here, which sounds really wrong, but it’s working!

  3. admin says:

    Hi Arthur – it’s deliberate. We’re changing the site because iPads won’t allow Flashplayer, so you’ll go straight to BLOG first, then to the newly built other sections. Traffic shows most people go straight to Blog, so this will solve the loading issue.

  4. admin says:

    PS For God’s sake keep pimping! You’ll see how the whole thing works shortly.

  5. admin says:

    And a note to Marth – certainly not – I try to put as many female authors in as I can. All suggestions welcome!

  6. I didn’t even think of the iPad flash issue, you’re right. And yes sir. 😉

  7. Martha says:

    Thanks Chris. I’ll put my thinking cap on and send (some) suggestions.

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