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How to Be a Writer

How to Be a Writer

Conversations with Writers About Writing

David Quantick

Oberon Books

“David Quantick knows nothing about writing. I know nothing about writing. This should be good.” –Chris Morris


“If only Morrissey had read this book.” –John Niven, author of Kill Your Friends


How To Be A Writer is a collection of interviews with famous writers, performers and industry insiders that takes the reader through a writer’s day, from getting up to giving in. And, along the way, asks: When do you get ideas? When should you write? How do you deal with your money? Who do you have lunch with? And how do you keep going?


Featuring: Jon Ronson, Emma Donoghue, Dennis Kelly, Caitlin Moran, Jason Hazeley, Joel Morris, Suzanne Moore, Catherine Roenthal, Mark Ellen, John Panton, Jo Unwin, Martyn Waites, Mark Billingham, and Iszi Lawrence.


David Quantick is an Emmy-winning television writer and the author of the best-selling writing manual How To Write Everything. He has written for television in the USA (Veep) and the UK (The Thick Of It, Brass Eye, Harry Hill’s TV Burp), and is also a radio broadcaster (The Blagger’s Guide, 52 First Impressions), author (The Mule, Sparks) and a journalist who’s written for over 50 different publications, from the Daily Telegraph to The Dandy.


David Quantick really has written everything. As a television writer, he has written for The Thick Of It, The Day Today, Brass Eye, TV Burp and many other shows. He is also an award-winning writer on HBO's Veep and wrote the critically-praised Sky Arts Playhouse, Snodgrass. As a radio writer, he created Radio 4's One and Radio 2's The Blagger's Guide. His novel Sparks was described as "excellent" by Neil Gaiman and his graphic series Louis Wain (created with Savage Pencil) was published in Alan Moore's Dodgem Logic. As well as a series of music books and the official biography of Eddie Izzard, David wrote the Sunday Times best-seller Grumpy Old Men and has written for over 50 magazines and newspapers, from The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph to NME and Q. With Jane Bussmann, he created the world's first internet sitcom, The Junkies, and he is also the writer of several short films, including the highly-acclaimed Lot 13. How To Write Everything is his first book about writing and How to Be a Writer is it's follow-up, which focuses on good writing habits and real writing work. His novel The Mule is out now.

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