Today at the Somerset Writer’s Festival on the Gold Coast I got the chance to meet my idol and one of my favourite authors, Patrick Ness. I went to his first session of the day where he talked to secondary school students about writing and his books.

He told these students that there are three things you need to do to be a writer:

  1. Write – as much and as often as you can because practice makes perfect.
  2. Read – the more you read, the more words you devour and the more writing styles you discover.
  3. Rewrite – because nothing’s perfect the first time.

He says that you get ideas from everything around you and that if you get a great idea for a story you should wait because ideas always attract other ideas.  His most important point was that you are never too young to have ideas and that anybody of any age can write.

I was very excited to be able to interview Patrick and to ask him some burning questions.  The full interview will be available on the library website next week, and if you want to win a signed copy of Patrick’s amazing book, The Knife of Never Letting Go (the first book in his Chaos Walking Trilogy), watch this space.