Best Advice for Writers: P.D. James

atkins-bookshelf-literatureP. D. James (Phyllis Dorothy James, 1920-2014) wrote crime fiction for more than half a century. In her first novel, Cover Her Face (1962), James introduced readers to Adam Dalgliesh, a poet and inspector at New Scotland Yard. She followed that with 13 additional Dalgliesh mysteries and five other unrelated novels.  Her last novel, published in 2011, was Death Comes to Pemberley, a murder mystery that is a pastiche of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. In an interview with The Guardian in 2012, James offered this writing advice:

1. Increase your word power. Increase your vocabulary. Words are our raw materials.

2. Practice writing.

3. Read widely, particularly of the best writing.

4. Learn to try and understand and sympathize with other people.

5. Go through life always open to experience. Nothing that happens to a writer, good or ill, is ever lost.

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