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  1. My first ever ‘explosive’ interview | Peter Moore
    My first ever ‘explosive’ interview | Peter Moore 01/07/2013 at 20:36 |
  2. Jamie Furlong
    Jamie Furlong 09/07/2012 at 20:59 |

    Hi Peter. I’m no writer, at least not in the IWC league, but I still found this interview inspirational. In particular your comment about perseverance struck a chord. Sometimes I have days when I get really despondent and fed-up, and then suddenly one of my photos gets shortlisted for a little weekly award. It doesn’t have to be much to get me back on track but that nod of approval helps keep me motivated and it’s a reminder of how important perseverance is. Your success story illustrates this perfectly. Thank you for your time, I’m sure the group (and other budding writers) will have found your answers invaluable.

    1. Anonymous
      Anonymous 10/07/2012 at 00:18 |

      Thanks Jamie. I guess it applies to all walks of life. And all aspects of life. Maybe I could have played cricket for Australia if I’d stuck at it!

    2. Peter Moore
      Peter Moore 10/07/2012 at 00:19 |

      Thanks Jamie. I guess it does apply to all walks of life. And all aspects of life. Maybe I could have played cricket for Australia after all!

  3. jeanashb
    jeanashb 09/07/2012 at 20:58 |

    Hi Peter – Thanks for your honest views. I’ve been down Rejection Road several times with a novel I’ve written so I know it’s an uphill journey to being published, and perhaps even more so in the travel industry. I’m glad to hear from you that the kind of travel book I have in mind is probably worth doing, even if it isn’t an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ kind of thing. Love, love the analogy of the creative writing industry to snake-oil salesmen. Having been on both sides of that industry, I know what you mean. The best advice I’ve ever had about writing is to read, read, read and set aside time to write and experiment.
    Thanks Liz for making this interview possible.

    1. Peter Moore
      Peter Moore 10/07/2012 at 00:21 |

      Thanks Jean. My wife used to be Terry Pratchett’s publicist. He used to tell aspiring authors ‘to write, just write.’ Like anything, practise makes perfect.

  4. HelenMoat
    HelenMoat 09/07/2012 at 20:40 |

    Thanks for all your advice, Peter. Solid. I think you have about summed it up: A good idea, (obviously an ability to write), perserverance and a good wallop of luck.

    1. Peter Moore
      Peter Moore 10/07/2012 at 00:22 |

      Hi Helen,

      Yeah, I should have made that clear. If you can’t write, no amount of perseverance will help! But having read your stuff on myWanderlust, it’s pretty clear you can!

  5. Bex
    Bex 09/07/2012 at 19:17 |

    Thanks for your frank words of wisdom Peter. This has been like a breath of fresh air to my ears. Yes, I can see how you fully endorse self-publishing, albeit making sure it’s professionally edited and designed.
    I am interested in your comments about Creative Writing courses. I am going to be attending this course for 7 days with an author friend on the island of Itheca: http://www.hwrw.blogspot.gr/
    There are a lot of other courses offered in Greece, this seemed to be the better value one with excursions included and accommodation (although I will be staying with the authors in a villa – nice!)

    Thanks for organising this, Liz and if you have time, I would love to hear your thoughts, Peter, as to this writer’s course on Itheca.

    All the best,

    Bex

    1. Peter Moore
      Peter Moore 09/07/2012 at 20:04 |

      Hi Bex,

      I don’t have any personal experience with this course, so I can’t really comment. But if you get something out of it that helps you as a writer and your writing then it’s worth doing.

      The point I guess I wanted to make in the interview is that there is no step-by-step list of instructions that is guaranteed to get you published. It’s a combination of hard work, persistence and, very often, dumb luck. And, more importantly, it’s different for every single writer.

      I often tell aspiring travel writers to treat the journeys that they hope will become books etc as they would any other trip or holiday. If they get a book out of it, great. If not, they’ve had a fantastic experience anyway. The course at Itheca sounds similar. If you get worthwhile advice, tips, mentoring, fantastic. If not, you’ve had a week in a truly beautiful part of the world.

      Cheers

      Peter

      1. Bex
        Bex 10/07/2012 at 00:40 |

        Best way to look at it. And Itheca inspired Byron! Looking forward to the whole process to be honest. And it’ll also provide more material to write about.

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