In this installment of 'How I Write', Royal Literary Fund writers discuss how they cope with the urge to procrastinate, touching on issues such as background noise, the usefulness of deadlines and the perils of having room with a view.
Mary Colson defends the honour of much-derided Milton Keynes, and explains why, for her, it's an inspiring environment.
Martin Day introduces the landscape around Yeovil, and explores how childhood vistas underpin our mental landscapes and writing.
Penny Boxall introduces us to Shandy Hall, the intriguing home of Laurence Sterne on the North York Moors.
Jonathan Tulloch takes us to a Cumbrian riverbank, circa 1983, for a picnic eagerly awaiting the end of the world at half past three (please pass the ham sandwiches.)
Mary Colson faces down the aimlessness and lack of purpose that takes hold when a book has been finished, but hasn’t yet found its place in the world.
Mary Colson speaks with John Siddique about the value of children’s non-fiction and the unusual constraints involved in writing it commercially, her love of writing for screen and stage, and the right way to teach writing and nurture children’s voices.