Sorry. It's a little bit of a misleading title, this. I don't mean that I can teach you how to write like Roald Dahl. I don't have the knowledge to impart on how to write the perfect story or anything! It's just that I went to the Roald Dahl museum in Buckinghamshire and I wanted to tell you how you can kind of write like he did. I found out loads about his writing methods. And it's kind of fascinating! This is how he wrote.
First of all, you need to sit in a crazy ass chair, with some rolled up corrugated cardboard on it and then some wood covered in green baze on top of it.
Apparently Roald Dahl liked sitting like this as it reminded him of sitting in the cockpit when he was a pilot in WWII. On his desk he kept all sorts of things- his own hip bone, shavings of his spine lump in a jar, you know, that sort of thing.
His seat had a whole cut out in the back of the chair, so the lump on his spine would fit in.
He didn't let anyone in his writing shed at all, with the exception of Quentin Blake who visited once.
He worked from 10am to noon, then stopped for a four hour lunch when he ate Norwegian prawns on lettuce. He also ate four chocolate bars a day. His favourites were Dairy Milk and Kit Kats and apparently he gave his dog a few Smarties, which you totally shouldn't do.
Then he wrote again from 4pm until 6pm.
He changed his books all the time. James and The Giant Peach was first called James and the Giant Apple, then James and Giant Pear. He had one last go with James and the Giant Cherry before he settled on James and the Giant Peach.
So that's basically it! Four KitKats, spine lump shavings in a jar, weird chair and you're off!