In his latest book, Release the Bats, DBC Pierre (otherwise known as Peter Finlay) revisited the process of writing a novel from scratch. As he shared with The Guardian readers earlier this month, he undertook the journey not solely for himself, but in order to share his discoveries with others who might take it upon themselves to endeavor to write a novel (and there are many, many of us out there!).
The greatest of those discoveries, Pierre found, was the influence of other works of literature on the budding author. With the origins of the novel in ancient Rome, there is centuries of material available (enough, indeed, for many lifetimes) to help set seekers on their paths […]
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