The true writer is one who can't help but write, suggestsAustralian author Jenny Sinclair
: "Magazine editors, publishers and writing competitions are groaning under the output of all those writing courses and I want to say stop. Stop if you can. And if you can't stop, write." For good measure, she adds: "It's not writing that should be encouraged but reading, widely and voraciously, reading the classics, reading the modern masters." For the rest of us, says Stuart McGurk in The Times
, there's "a computer program called NewNovelist that claims to 'break down the novel-writing process into small, manageable tasks so even the most inexperienced writers can write a novel'." His conclusion, after trying it out for himself: "98 per cent crap, 2 per cent sense. Bit like the idea that most people have a novel in them, really."