HE CONVERSATION invariably begins like this: ‘So you’re a writer eh? I always wanted to be a writer, and could have been – if only I’d been able to find the time.’‘HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?’ is arguably the most commonly-asked question to an established writer by newcomers to the craft and in my experience, most professional writers will come up with totally different answers. In my case, I didn’t start as a writer. I was originally a cartoonist who was often compared to Ronald Searle. As one magazine editor put it: ‘Compared to Ronald Searle, you’re rubbish.’I took the hint and became a writer. These are some of my adventures in the writing game. ...