When inspiration strikes

“Inspiration is very nice when you get it. It’s like being given a present you weren’t expecting. You don’t hand the present back and say, ‘My birthday’s not till November.’ You take it and run.”

Jan Mark wrote books that didn’t treat children and young people like idiots. I love the way she constantly changed from writing novels about real life situations facing young people, to then creating strange sci fi worlds with stories some might think a little dark for the younger generation. I was lucky enough to catalogue original hand written manuscripts of hers while doing my University work placement in an archive of the work of children’s authors.

I particularly liked the novel Useful Idiots – set in the year 2255, when archaeology is seen as as a dangerous lost science that will only cause trouble if pursued; an idea I find very intriguing.

The above quote from Mark I think will hit a nerve with most writers – I know I have fallen asleep more than once with a notebook and pen in my hand, only to wake up in the morning and immediately continue writing as though I hadn’t stopped.



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