April 6, 2016

Wednesday Writing Wisdom (44) Jeffrey Archer

Storytelling is “God-gifted” and you either have it or don’t; soak up as many life experiences as possible before penning that first novel.Don’t let your characters get in the way of the plot. No one ever turned a page to see how a character develops.

Jeffrey Archer
  (April 15, 1940)
Fun facts about

Archer wins an Oxford blue running for the university athletics club. He goes on to have an impressive career in running and is, briefly, selected to represent England and Great Britain.

Archer tried his hands on a number of different occupations including training to join the police and army but settled as a physical education teacher at Vicar’s Hill, a Prep School in Hampshire and later at the prestigious Dover College in Kent.

In 1969 he wins a by-election for the Tories in Louth, Lincolnshire, and, at 29 years old, becomes Britain's fourth youngest MP

Archer was first recognized as a literary figure after the publication of his first book, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less in 1976.

He was arrested in 2000 after a trial that found him guilty of persuading a friend to lie in court in the 1987 libel trial.


  1. Hmm, I'm not entirely sure I agree with his quote. I do love seeing how characters develop (and that's what keeps me turning pages when I read), but obviously you need a strong plot, too. He's certainly had a colorful career!

    1. Well, I don't know what to say... I loved his novels. Those displayed at the end of the post I already read.
      Thanks for leaving a comment, Mae!

  2. A writer with many varied experiences to use in his work. I agree, Mae, both qualities make the best reads.

    1. Yes, you are right, Daisy! And he put it to great use in his stories.


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