Hilary Watkins

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Hilary Watkins

How did you get into writing?

I was in a car crash. It shifted the dominance from the left to the right side of my brain. I was less logical but more creative, and i started to write, first poetry, dialogue, then plays. Afterwards i began to work as a performance storyteller which i consider to be half-way between acting and improvised comedy.

What is your inspiration?

That feeling i have when i have finished writing, and the writing works.

What writing accomplishment are you most proud of?

Whenever my performances or workshops inspire people to laugh or cry, or write or tell their own stories. Also, when i worked with libraries in West London and performed traditional and real life stories, eventually the audience grew so large we ran out of chairs.

What is your top tip for young writers?

Write using all of your senses. Writing without the five senses is like food without salt. Perhaps try taking two minutes, sit down, notice what you hear, or what you see, or what you feel on your skin. Make a list and allow these to influence your writing. …mmm ….salty.

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