From Neil’s Blog…
Were your high school english classes helpful to you as a writer, or were they a waste of time?Thanks, Amy
Probablymore much helpful than a waste of time. I remember enjoying them, forthe most part, although I sometimes suspect that if I’d come to ThomasHardy on my own, when I was ready, I would have really enjoyed him, andinstead I found English to be a sort of Thomas Hardy aversion therapy.
Truthto tell, when I became a writer I realised that a lot of stuff I hadthought pointless at school was now desperately important, and I had toteach myself piles of history and geography and science that I hadn’tbothered with, and which were now really interesting subjects because Ihad a use for them. Writing and English I always had a use for, andsome fairly decent teachers so they were never boring.