James Rice – ‘A writer is a thing you can actually be.’ (Interview) – ‘In The Red 14’

‘JPR: You’re still a young writer, but what

advice would you give to young writers or

new writers?


JR: It’s always a hard one that. I always say the

same thing. When I decided to write I always

thought of it as ‘a writer is a thing you can

actually be.’ There are writers. There are loads

of them out there, making a living out of it.

So it’s not like you’re aiming to be something

impossible. My kind of whimsical way of

saying it is, ‘you’re not trying to be a unicorn!’

You’re trying to be something that is real and

if you bear that in mind while you’re working

then it’s a very achievable aim. Another thing,

would just to be the nicest person you can

ever be. I think that’s a big part of it. Also, just

have hope, like I said, there is a world out there

looking for writers. Oh, and read loads! And

write! I think that’s the only way you can do it.

Read twice as much as you write, but still write



James Rice was interviewed for In The Red 14, publised in May 2016.

You can read the full interview here

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