How to write a novel

10 Jan

cala pelosa 7 jan 2013

 

What to do when you are writing a book and one of your characters won’t behave, won’t toe the line, won’t stay on the page?

You go for a little lie down in the afternoon sun. Sleep a while. It’s 25 degrees centigrade in January, for heaven’s sake. You can always write later. On waking you will hear the murmur of a sea so placid, so translucent, that you can just make out the octopi telling jokes. (They spend most of their time telling jokes and playing eight handed cribbage).

Octopi (or octopuses) are gravely misunderstood creatures, as any watcher of nature programmes can attest. Here is a short video of a BBC diver getting snogged by a very big octopus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Response to “How to write a novel”

  1. Tom Gething January 10, 2013 at 19:43 #

    Keep writing and have some calamari! And where, please tell, is it 25 degrees celsius right now?

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