Don’t forget to read
They say that every person who wants to be a writer should read as much as possible. I’ve always assumed this to be because you can imbibe styles a and ideas etc, rather than to look for something to plagiarise. Anyway, it’s good to read great stories by recognised authors, as long as you don’t get too depressed at their success compared with your own modest achievements. And now and then you come across something truly remarkable.
A friend bought me a book by Roald Dahl recently. If, like me, you think you knew all about him, having read his stories to your children and grandchildren, then “Kiss Kiss” will be an eye-opener. Published in 1960, it contains some of the wierdest, whackiest and creepiest adult stories I’ve ever read – mixed in with some typical Dahl humour, of course.