Charlie Higson's Writing Tips
Charlie's Top 3 Tips:
- Make sure you have a good, strong idea before you start writing.
- Think of three or four exciting things that can happen in your story.
- Write for yourself. Write a story that you would want to read.
Charlie Higson is the proud author of not one, but two whole series of novels for children. He has written five Young Bond books and is halfway through his Enemy series. His most recent book is The Fear, published last September. Charlie is perhaps best known for his comic performances with his friend Paul Whitehouse on BBC 2's The Fast Show. But he first found stardom as a comedy writer.
In the 1980s and 1990s he wrote for the biggest names in the business. Charlie also has a secret career as an incredibly successful writer of novels for adults. His first, King Of The Ants, was published in 1992 and he has gone on to write three more, the most recent of which was Getting Rid Of Mr. Kitchen. Charlie used to be in a band and once decorated the house that belonged to Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
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