All items: personal literary

If the Muse is playing hard to get, I start with a scene I feel I know better, and if that works, I write another one. And then I join them up.
Plans so detailed as to be half a book in themselves. Finishing off each day with a paragraph in capitals of What I Am Going To Write Next. Rehearsing the next section in my head as I walk the dog.

Julian Turner speaks with Amanda Whittington about the ways in which his psychotherapeutic practice has influenced his writing, how metaphor and creativity are important in more than just literary practice, the role of religion and the human capability to transcend experiences of cruelty.

As a keen member of a Boy Scouts troop, Donny O’Rourke found an early outlet for his talents as a writer and composer. Here he reflects on what the movement meant to him.
When I simply consumed books with no aspiration to write one, every novel was a plus. It existed only to give me joy and if it failed there were plenty others.
I was writing my first novel, a convoluted, pretentious and, as it turned out, unpublishable thriller. "How do you feel about it?" he asked.

Trish Cooke speaks with Caroline Sanderson about her Dominican heritage, her Yorkshire upbringing, how her parents’ love of stories inspired her as a teller of tales, and how her career kicked off in multiple directions all at once.

Between my laptop and a thriving aloe vera plant is my hand-drawn map of the world of my current novel; I have to control that space before I can know how the story will unfold there.