Happy Birthday, Lesley Pearse, born 24 February 1945.
- It isn’t enough to have just a brilliant idea, thousands of other people will have one too. Just like wishing to be a figure skater, a concert pianist, or a gymnast, you not only have to have some natural talent to start with, you also will have to be prepared to train. I mean by this working at it. Writing and rewriting until it is pleasing, not just to you, but for others.
- Some strange compulsion kept me writing, even if at times it seemed utterly hopeless. It was my dream to be a successful writer, and no one could dissuade me. I do believe that persistence is the key. The more you write, the better you get at it. Disappointments and rejections are all part of the apprenticeship.
- I am fortunate that I soak up atmosphere and information about the past like a sponge.
- You need passion, and you must be able to cope with criticism and disappointment. It’s a long old haul, and very often a lonely one.
- It’s hard to motivate myself at the start of a new one. I spend a lot of time staring out the window, doing gardening and reading too, anything to put off the job in hand. But once I’ve got going I gradually waste less time and don’t want to stop writing for anything or anyone.
Read more about this delightful author in our interview with Lesley Pearse
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