How to write books good – Derek Landy

Plenty of insight dressed with humour:

Thinking up the idea:

  • Think of an idea.
  • Lie in bed and think about the idea some more.
  • Dismiss idea.
  • …”

and here:

Thinking up the character:

  • Look at the name you’ve picked. Realise “Johnny Rockjaw” sounds made-up.
  • Decide on a name. Decide name is fine.
  • Write character. Character is fine.
  • Character does what character is supposed to do.
  • At halfway point, character rebels.
  • Character starts telling you stuff…”



About Andrew Munro

An independent business consultant, interim manager and writer, Andrew operates through his company, Burning Pine Ltd (
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