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How to Be a Writer Part 7

Writing — for a writer, obviously the most important job. And yet there is no real formal training or preparation for it. School focuses more on analytical writing, preparing pupils for ‘real life’ — the attention spent on creativity and writing fiction is minimal. Here are five key tips:

1. ‘Only Connect’

As author E. M. Forster put it, ‘Only connect’, meaning that the important thing is to establish a real and grounded connection with others which is attuned to them and their personal needs. Joy is key; understanding other human beings is paramount. Try to cultivate the idea that happiness is the ‘default position’ in life, and that communication is a good thing.

2. Look After Yourself