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‘I write fast and in short bursts to keep the energy of the prose up, and I write in the mornings when my brain is at its sharpest. ‘
‘To write well it’s essential to know who you’re writing for; this is true for any writing genre, from children’s fiction to academic essays. ‘
‘There’s a wayward part of me that resists plotting and wants to just plunge in. But if I yield to that temptation I risk the book being stillborn.’