Most often I get stuck at the ends and beginnings and of chapters. I can't start the next chapter until the end of the last one is right. I know this usually means that whatever I've written has to be cut.
While I was shy and embarrassed to begin with, I soon became obsessed. I didn't like the person I was turning into. Marketing brought out the pushy me.
Caitlin Davies and her father Hunter Davies let us eavesdrop on a conversation about their respective writing careers, being compulsive writers in a family of writers and generational changes in the publishing industry.
Ali Knight, Robin Blake, Sally Kindberg, Vayu Naidu, Caitlin Davies, Sarah Ardizzone and Nicholas Murray discuss their favourite book in translation.
Many times I've said I've had I enough, I'm getting a real job; I can't take the uncertainty anymore. Then I get an idea. I write it down and I'm away from the world. I'm in my own universe where I'm in charge.
After a man broke into my home and tried to kill me I couldn't read properly for five years. I just couldn't lose myself; constantly on the alert for sounds, people, danger. I couldn't concentrate.
Caitlin Davies, Nicholas Murray, Vayu Naidu, Sally Kindberg, Sarah Ardizzone, Robin Blake and Ali Knight discuss the books they are currently reading.
I used to think I had to write down every single idea or I'd forget it, as people say will happen with dreams. But these days I tell myself that if I can't find a scrap of paper it doesn't matter, because if the idea is any good I won't forget it.