Benjamin Wood “The only time I’ve ever been blocked on Twitter was because I was defending creative writing teaching. You cannot teach someone to have talent but what you can do, if you’re a good teacher, is to take the amount of talent each person has and teach them to get the most out of it.”
[in an interview with ‘The Bookseller’ magazine, April 24, 2015]
Is it because of the old adage ‘everyone has a book in them’, so writing a book is seen as easy? It’s not. And creative writing classes are littered with students who never finish their manuscripts.
The Ecliptic is Wood’s second novel, his first The Bellweather Revivals was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.
If you agree with Benjamin Wood, perhaps you will agree with:-
David Whitehouse – genre labels exclude readers
Jane Smiley – setting a daily wordcount encourages the words to flow
Chris Pavone – put ordinary people into extraordinary situations
‘The Ecliptic’ by Benjamin Wood [UK: Scribner]
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