Thursday, May 05, 2011

Falcata Times Interview - Mark Chadbourn

"Mark Chadbourn: Nobody likes to glamourise themselves and what they do more than writers. That sense that writing is an "affliction" allows them to buy in to the illusion that they are some kind of tortured artists, gifted and cursed by God in equal measure. The truth is, writers have a particular skill, like professional football players, and if they're clever and diligent they can make money out of it. They no more *have* to write than football players *have* to kick the ball around. The proof is when writers get very successful; a lot of them choose to do anything but write for most of the time. Don't get me wrong - it is very hard work and lonely, and only the most driven can entertain the idea of a career with words. But I do believe that storytelling is inherent. It can't be taught in any of the many creative writing classes available across the world, whatever they might say in their advertising."

4 out of 5