Collected Works

How should prospective writers go about becoming an author?
First of all, realise that it's very hard, and that writing is a gruelling and lonely business and, unless you are extremely lucky, badly paid as well. You had better really, really, really want to do it. Next you have to write something. Unless you are committed to novel writing exclusively, I suggest that you start out writing for radio. It's still a relatively easy medium to get into because it pays so badly. But it is a great medium for writers because it relies so much on the imagination. You will learn a tremendous amount from it, and maybe get some useful exposure.
What qualities are needed by an author?
A determination to keep at it.

Here's where we catalogue the many products of Douglas's imagination in their myriad forms.

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Dirk Gently

Starship Titanic

Last Chance to See

The Meaning of Liff



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