Last month, bestselling author Wilbur Smith announced a £15m six-book deal with Harper Collins. The deal’s most intriguing aspect is that Smith, who has just turned 80, will outsource some of the writing process to co-authors. As reported in the … Continued
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Drafting and revision demand very different states of mind, so different that it’s tempting to want to hand the whole revision process over to someone else.
According to Ernest Hemingway, the first draft of anything is shit. Nine weeks and ninety-eight thousand words after starting my own first draft, I’ve managed to prove that he was completely right.