Sean Tyler

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Sean Tyler

How did you get into writing?

For as long as I can remember I’ve always written – novels, plays, songs, poems, etc. But it wasn’t until I was about 30 that I had the confidence to let anyone else see anything that I’d created. Since I took that step I’ve never looked back, because it wasn’t until I listened to other people tell me what they thought about my work, how it affected them emotionally, what was good and what was not so good about it, that my writing really took on a life of its own.

What is your inspiration?

My own life experiences inspire me. It’s amazing how many times I’ve written something and haven’t realized until I’ve read it over afterwards how much of myself comes out in my work. It’s a great way to get to yourself a whole lot better!

I’m also inspired by places. I do a lot of my writing ‘on location’. There’s nothing I like more than sitting in a place – it may be somewhere I know very well or somewhere I’m visiting for the first time – and just writing about how I feel, the sights and sounds, the people around me. I’ve created some of my best original work in this way.

What writing accomplishment are you most proud of?

I’m so proud (and slightly nervous) every time I see one of my plays being performed for the first time in front of a live audience.

What is your top tip for a young writer?

Just write. Even if you don’t know what you’re writing for, just write about what mood you’re in today, the people and places around you, your hopes and dreams, what’s annoying you right now, anything. It will all come in useful at some stage.

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