'By writing at least 250 words every single day, even when it’s midnight and I’ve spent the day distracting myself, I become more productive at those times when I do put the hours in. Even if the 250 words are rubbish, they keep story and characters alive.'
'Like Dorothy Parker, I love ‘having written’. Sometimes, when I sit down to write, despondent because my mind feels empty, as though nothing worthwhile can emerge, the magic happens anyway. As if my hand is guided by an unseen force.'
'After ten years as a novelist, I find the ‘perfect’ surroundings are not necessarily as conducive to writing as I thought. My three-screen computer set-up, while it’s incredibly useful also makes it ridiculously easy to check Facebook and Twitter. '
Susan Elliot Wright suspected that writer’s block was a myth, until she experienced it. Here she delves into the reasons behind this common problem and explains how she broke her own creative deadlock.
As a published author, Martyn Bedford has learned to cope with the demands of deadlines and the need to maintain standards in his writing. But, he wonders, does being a professional writer mean losing some of the free-wheeling freshness of one’s early work?