Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Youth Views with Will Sutton

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Youth Views with Will Sutton

Article excerpt

Ever wanted to be a writer?

As a kid I used to sit down and scribble the opening pages of my first novel.

Then I'd look at the words the next day and realise it was pap.

But it didn't stop me. And at primary school I had my first success - a five-page fantasy adventure that earned me THREE gold stars from the teacher (we'll never see days like that again).

Sadly those stars turned out to be fool's gold and I realised writing my way to success was going to take a lot more than five pages.

What I needed was the kind of killer form shown by author Thomas Harris (Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon and Hannibal).

He's only written four books and yet he's minted beyond his wildest dreams.

So I kept scribbling and about ten years later I got another chance at my student newspaper.

My first assignment was to write a CD review - 35 words long.

Not a great start but I fussed over those 35 words as if I was Charles Dickens or Arthur Conan Doyle. …

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