In Conversation With Me

A little while ago the I answered some questions the brilliant Jenn Ashworth put to me. We talked about writing and about my books. We talked about music. We talked about writers’ block. I gave some tips on blogging. It was fun.

And you can see the results at The Lancashire Writing Hub by clicking here.

I do hope you enjoy.

(You can see me interviewing Jenn, last year, here.)

5 Comments on “In Conversation With Me

  1.  by  Mollie

    Hi Nik,Really enjoyed the interview – particularly your comments that (paraphrasing!) a story should be as long as it ought to be. End of. As a short story and flash fiction writer myself I get frustrated by what seems to be the industry's preference for novels. I love the short story form and think many readers are missing a treat.Last night, sat outside the Sundial Pub with my long-suffering other half, I told him how I'd asked my inner inspiration genie to go and find me some ideas for a novel. It keeps coming back, like a dog with a paper – which is great, don't get me wrong – but it keeps bringing short stories. It looks very rejected when I point out this wasn't what I asked for… 🙂 Anyway, have a good writing day and good luck with Not So Perfect!Mollie(Mollie Baxter)

  2.  by  Nik Perring

    Hi MollieThanks so much for taking the time to comment.I think that while I'd agree the industry produces, and therefore, sells more novels, what they really want is pretty simple: they want a good book that'll sell – and that can mean anything, short stories included. And what I'd say is that if you tend to lean towards writing short stories, write them and embrace it!Nik

  3.  by  Mollie

    Thanks Nik! Guess what, I continued mulling it over yesterday and came to the conclusion i should get those short story ideas down and stop being ungrateful! Thanks for the support. I feel a right whinger reading my comment back! It's also very heartening to read your thoughts about what They are looking for. I shall persevere!Anyway, I hope our paths cross in the future, it would be nice to say hi! Have a great weekend.Mollie

  4.  by  Nik Perring

    Hey Molliw – I didn't think you were whinging! I thought it was a valid point.I've been saying this for years but I firmly believe that a person will write best when they're writing something they enjoy/feel compelled to write. If you're writing to fit in with what you think someone else wants, I don't think you're doing yourself justice. Half the battle's having confidence in yourself and your stories…!Hello Aminah! Good to see you back! Hope all's well.Nik

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