How to Be a Writer

  • by David Quantick
  • Narrated by David Quantick
  • 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

David Quantick interviews some of the best writers in a variety of fields to provide a detailed overview for living your life as a writer on a daily, practical level.
In conversation with Caitlin Moran, Jon Ronson, Suzanne Moore, Mark Billingham, Emma Donoghue, Dennis Kelly and many others, David asks: when do you get ideas? When do you write? How do you deal with your money? Who do you have lunch with? How do you keep going?
How to Be a Writer looks at every aspect of a writer's life, from writing methods to writing habits and every aspect of day-to-day life as a writer. Includes advice and anecdotes from agents, publishers, comedy writers, stand-up comedians, best-selling authors and popular columnists to help you be the writer you want to be.


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Customer Reviews

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There is no one way...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Fascinating interviews with a wide variety of authors, though some chapters were, admittedly, skipped, because I felt like that particular interviewee did not hold my attention.

What other book might you compare How to Be a Writer to, and why?

Any writing craft book would compare.

What three words best describe David Quantick’s voice?

Clear. Friendly. Ironic.

Do you think How to Be a Writer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, because it answered its own premise that there is no one way to be a writer. Everyone does it differently and you find your own way.

Any additional comments?

The interview segments were irritating when David would read out his answers like a transcript, stating their names each time.

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Chuckled the whole way through

Would you listen to How to Be a Writer again? Why?

I would definitely listen to this audio book again, because I resonated with the story.

What did you like best about this story?

As a writer myself, I felt as if I was sitting down in a pub having a pint with the people who were interviewed. It was a very laid back and relaxed story swopping event.

What about David Quantick’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed David's performance as he seems like a really nice chap.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book, if only to make you feel that you are not alone as a writer, and give you an encouraging shove along your journey.

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- Caroline Mitchell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-03-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios