Know Your History – 3rd August – PD James born

know your history - writingOn this day… 3rd August, 1920 – P. D. James born

Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, OBE, FRSA, FRSL (3 August 1920 – 27 November 2014), known as P. D. James, was an English crime writer. She rose to fame for her series of detective novels starring police commander and poet Adam Dalgliesh.

Did You Know

James did not publish her first novel until she was 42.

On Writing

BBC published an article in 2013 in which James gives her top 10 tips for pd jamesbeing an author.

  1. You must be born to write
  2. Write about what you know
  3. Find your own routine
  4. Be aware that the business is changing
  5. Read, write and don’t daydream!
  6. Enjoy your own company
  7. Choose a good setting
  8. Never go anywhere without a notebook
  9. Never talk about a book before it is finished
  10. Know when to stop

The article is well worth a read as is Mystery Writing Lessons by Random House.

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