An ex-copper turned crime author give us today's writing routine!
Paul Finch used to work for the Greater Manchester Police, and upon leaving found that everything the force taught him and the stories he saw along the way might have another use.
First, Paul wrote for 'The Bill', and has since gone on to write may scripts across film, TV and animation. He pens horror fiction, loads of sci-fi too and has even given his ideas to the Doctor's (Doctor Who? Doctor Who!) universe.
It's with crime fiction that he's found most success. He's six novels in to his 'Heck' novels about DS Mark Heckenberg, and release's the second in his 'PC Lucy Clayburn' series, 'Shadows', is out on the 19th October.
Paul's writing routine is... unusual. It's not the humdrum sit down in front of a laptop and get irate when a masterpiece doesn't flow from your fingertips; it involves a tape recorder, a dog, and a landscape of Lancashirian hills.
Our 'Distinguished Diary' today features not only a weird and wonderful writing routine from history, but also 11 commandments of creativity to help you along the way - you can hear how Henry Miller got his books down on paper during the show.
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