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Writing Advice from John Carlin: “No Good Ever Came from Good Advice”

Chase Your ShadowAerodrome recently interviewed John Carlin, British journalist and author of Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius.

Carlin defines “writing” as follows: “Using the written word to engage people by generating emotion, or informing, or instructing, or entertaining – or, best of all, all at the same time.”

The author shares the book that changed his life (King Lear) and his greatest fear (“fanatical sheep”) and says the most difficult part of writing is getting started. His advice to aspiring writers is to write and keep on writing – “Otherwise do something else for a living.”

Read the article:

Who and what has influenced your work?

Everyone and everything I read, from newspaper writers to novelists, to philosophers, to historians.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Byron said, “No good ever came from good advice.”

Your favourite ritual?

Morning coffee with cigarette.

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