Will Storr

The Writing Books That Will Actually Help You

When it comes to self-help books, there’s no category trickier than the creative writing category. There’s no quick fix for bad writing other than to keep on until it gets less bad. Similarly, idea-creation cannot be taught, so all those boxes of flashcards can be thrown out of the window. There’s no single system that […]

People Are Strange

Victoria Wood once wrote; ‘You don’t know how strange other people’s families are until you’ve spent Christmas with one.’ If we seem a lot less individual in these homogenous times than, say, the average Dickens character, it doesn’t mean we’re more rational. There was a time – say, in the eighties – when it felt […]