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Cliff McNish

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in Sunderland, The United Kingdom
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I was born in Sunderland, a city in the north-east of England.
I don’t recall too much about my first 8 years of life other than I loved being outdoors especially in the woods near our house. I came home every night covered in scratches.
My first real book memory is being given C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew by my English teacher, Mrs Baldwin. I loved that, and all the other Narnia books.

So how did I become an author?
As a parent I was used to making up short and funny stories for my daughter, Rachel. When she was about ten, however, she wanted a story about a really, really nasty witch. This time I put pen to paper and what started off as a tiny scrap of an idea got bigger and bigger and BIGGER. It became The Doomspell.
After I finished it
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Cliff McNish Read. By reading you experience different styles of writing. You also develop your vocabulary, as well as an ear and an instinct for what's good and…moreRead. By reading you experience different styles of writing. You also develop your vocabulary, as well as an ear and an instinct for what's good and bad in writing. A good writer is always, always, a voracious reader. The biggest single problem most young writers face is that they want to be a writer but they don't enjoy reading enough to have a true feel for the skills required.

The single best piece of advice I can give you is to make sure you get your novel edited professionally before you submit it to a publisher.
Competition is so horrendous these days that if you’re a new writer trying to break into an already overcrowded market your manuscript simply has to stand out.(less)
Cliff McNish My inspiration comes largely from other writers. When I see what they do I’m deeply awed and inspired to attempt in my own small way to emulate them.
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My inspiration comes largely from other writers. When I see what they do I’m deeply awed and inspired to attempt in my own small way to emulate them.
As for where my ideas come from, in the end we’re all saturated in the same cultural environments, books, TV, film, interpersonal relationships — and the ideas filter out of some kind of hash of those things in a piecemeal, impossible-to-fathom way.

If you're a budding young author, please don't wait for inspiration. Believe me, the special inspiration place in your head really doesn't exist. You get truly inspired — and what that means is, you get your GOOD IDEAS and WRITE WELL — when you are already writing, and the ideas and the best way to express them is coming from sheer immersion in the process of writing.(less)
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Alex: Do you have a preferred writing style?

Cliff: No. The voice tends to choose itself. I don't consciously experiment with style, but I guess the multiple first-person perspective I use in the Silver Sequence is fairly unusual for younger fiction and I'm sometimes described as a "bizarre" stylist where my pure fantasies are concerned, but that's mainly because my creations are fairly non-stan... Read more of this blog post »
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