‘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.’
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‘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.’
‘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. ‘
That first phrase or line is like a magnet drawing other words to it and they begin to gather, sometimes quickly, sometimes over years, but again have to be scribbled down before I forget them.