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Meet Nick Walker

Nick Walker joins TWP as a mentor for two writers to be selected for the Young Writers Programme 2010. Here he introduces himself, shares an image he likes and gives three tips to writers.

Nick is staff writer with Coventry-based theatre company, Talking Birds, which has toured across the UK, Europe and the US. His plays and short stories are regularly featured on Radio 4, including 3 series of The First King of Mars, and 3 series of The Bigger Issues. He has worked in television and film, and is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Blackbox, and Helloland.
Three tips:
  • While the ‘write what you know’ thing is often useful, also consider the James Ellroy school of thought which rates more highly the possession ‘of one big mother…… of an imagination.’
  • Writers are in it for the long haul, assume recognition will (or might) come in your 50s not your 20s.
  • Always have a secret little writing project on the go, one that no one has asked for, no one wants, but is just for you. This is probably where you’re most yourself.

One Comment

  1. Posted March 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Liking tip number 3. Secret little project sounds like a good idea, I have to stop talking about it now though or it won’t be the secret project.

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