Wednesday, 1 October 2008
illustration: David Tazzyman
Talking about animals and creators of parallel universes, we saw Andy Stanton (author of the Mr Gum series of books) talk at the Bath Children's Literature Festival. It was great, entertaining stuff in which elements of Stanton's subconscious combined with the the absurdity of nature and emotion - or something like that.
His tips for writing were
1. Write down your ideas (that's how his second book Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire came about - he was blocked to the eyeballs until in the middle of the night he had the idea of "a gingerbread man called Alan Taylor with electric muscles". Which he wrote on a piece of paper, forgot about and then one day happened upon, so causing his second great Mr Gum book to come about).
2. Once you have an idea, start writing - don't worry about the ending. The ending will come.
And that's about it really and it holds good for photography too. The rest of the time he spent running around sweating and shouting at kids - in a good kind of way.