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The starting line

Get yourself off to a great start as a writer, with advice from Patsy Collins

The absolute basics

To get started as a writer you really only need two things. The first is a way to record your words. Paper is the traditional medium to receive our prose or poetry and a pen is ideal for getting the words onto it. Fortunately both of these are widely available and not too expensive.

The other thing you need is enough interest to give it a go. You have that. Okay, that’s really just an assumption on my part, but I’m right, aren’t I? Excellent; you’re all set to start! Get the draft of the short story or opening chapter of your novel down and proudly tell people you’re a writer.

‘But it can’t be that simple, can it?’ I hear you ask. (I’m a writer so it’s okay for me to hear voices, even the imagined voices of readers for an article I’m still in the process of writing.)

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