Desert Island Writing Advice

Stuck on a desert island with The Dean, Head Porter, Professor Sinistrov or DCI Thompson? What’s the best investment new writers should make?

31 thoughts on “Desert Island Writing Advice

  1. I’m actually quite concerned that I shall wake up and find myself on a desert island without a bottle of red and a guitar. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. That would be a disaster. It is for precisely this reason that I advocate always having a bottle of red and a guitar on your person at any time! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. Perhaps a covert place inside the neck of the guitar to store emergency wine is needed.

    3. Very good idea. You wouldn’t want anyone else having any of your wine.

  2. The Dean will be devastated that he wasn’t first choice, but I do tend to agree that DCI Thompson seems as if he’d be handy to have around, for a variety of reasons. Haha – I love your advice for wannabe writers – I often try to imagine Dickens sitting down to read a book on how to create characters or plan a storyline, and I just can’t! Mind you, I found Pye Corbett’s little book called Write Your Own Mystery fab – it inspired me to write my world-renowned masterwork, The Mystery of the Mysterious Mystery! Then I discovered his book was aimed at eight-year-olds… *walks off into the sunset*

    1. I’m sort of hoping that The Dean would be persuaded that a desert island is no place for a man of his great intellect and therefore put him off entirely.
      I do have a copy of The Crime Writer’s Handbook, which is excellent for methods of killing people and stuff that I don’t want in my search history ๐Ÿ™‚ If you don’t mind, I might steal your book title for my next Poirot adventure! ๐Ÿ˜€ Sounds like a winner!

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