Do not despair if you missed it – you can catch it on i-player here until 25th December 2012.
It’s worth watching – even if you don’t want to write crime and you’re not an Ian Rankin fan – because it really shows you what it’s like to write a novel (hard!).
I really liked the idea of starting with a ‘green manila folder’ (this is where Ian puts his jottings, newspaper cuttings and half-formed ideas in the months before he actually sits down to get ‘The Idea For The Novel’).
I met Ian Rankin once at an author event (I must admit I’ve never read any of his books – gasp – but my mum’s a real fan). Anyway, the queue for getting a book signed was really long, so my mum and I wandered off and when we got back, he was sitting there, all alone.
“Where’ve you been?” he said, as he duly signed our book.
“In the bar!” we said.
And he laughed and said, “I don’t blame you!” (I think he was rather jealous – he likes bars, as you’ll see if you watch the programme).
National Short Story Week
On a different subject, next week is ‘National Short Story Week’, (12th – 18th November).
There’s lots of information on the website about events that are taking place (some of the competitions are already closed on this though, just to warn you) and you can even listen to some short stories if you want to – or check out the regional radio stations that have made a commitment to broadcast short stories by local writers (and lobby your own if they’re not doing it!).
There’s no payment if your story is broadcast but you can send stories that have already appeared in print – and you can send up to 3 stories.