‘Most often I get stuck at the ends and beginnings and of chapters. I can’t start the next chapter until the end of the last one is right. I know this usually means that whatever I’ve written has to be cut.’
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‘You have to trust that the words will come. You must ignore the devil on your shoulder that insists that they won’t.’
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.
‘The student distrusts their own abilities to evoke a fictional world and so they add in more and more detail. But they also distrust their reader.’