Need inspiration to start writing your 2018 writing competition entry? George Saunders, 2017 Booker Prize winner and A C Hart, a winner of RNIB’s 2016 writing competition, share their tips.
George Saunders is a master of short story writing. He says, “A short story is almost like a song or a poem. It has a resemblance to real life, but it is not necessarily a linear representation of real life. A short story can also be like a joke, with little to do with real life, but is more compressed and sillier.
He said, “It does not matter whether you have got any experience of writing: of being in a writing group or having studied literature or creative writing. You do not need to follow a formula for writing – just do what you want.
“I knew absolutely nothing about writing and the last contact I had had with formal English was in 1967 when I did my O-levels.