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Start writing fiction: characters and stories
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1.3 Why writers write

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There are all sorts of reasons why people start to write. Throughout this course you will listen to established writers speaking about their work.

Here are a number of novelists talking about how they began to write. You will hear Alex Garland, Michèle Roberts, Tim Pears, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Monique Roffey and Louis de Bernières.

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As you are listening, consider:

  • How did these writers come to write?
  • Why did they start to write?
  • Were there any similarities in their respective journeys towards writing?

You’ll reflect on your thoughts in the next section.