Why grammar is not studied so much these days in schools. I love the way they’ve expanded literature (by the end of junior school my son had already been introduced to Dickens - this didn’t happen in my day) but grammar seems to have slipped. This is not just due to texting but schools need to find a way of making grammar fun - after all language is all about clarity and for that you do need a decent grasp of grammar.
How books are undervalued in a way they’ve never beenbefore. They used to be the privilege of the rich - I’m glad that’s no longer the case - but unless you are a celebrity or your book sells millions and appeals to a wide age range, books are not appreciated. I appreciate that makes me sound a bitter harridan (!) but books, when available to more and more people as education standards rose, were loved. Penguin Books developed that but now?
Why it is the characters you love to read and write about are the ones you suffer the most. Oh I know you need the drama, to see what your characters are made of and so on but there is something a bit sick about needing to see your characters suffer!
When is the best time to write. I just write as and when I can, in common with most I suspect. I don’t have time, literally, for the morning versus night owl debate.
How you can criticize another’s work unless you regularly read in the format they write in and, ideally, write yourself so you know what the struggles are.
Why humorous writing in any format is underappreciated. Where are the major literary awards for it? The P.G. Wodehouse Prize is great but I want to see a funny novel win The Booker. I want to see humour writing taken more seriously as an art form. It is very difficult to write funny and I sometimes think this is looked down on. Serious reviews tend to be about serious books.