‘One memorable weekend I shed seventeen thousand words. The corollary of writing a loose first draft is being ready for the sacrifice it entails.’
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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. ‘
Shelley Harris speaks with Bethan Roberts about prose perfectionism and embracing the ‘dirty first draft’, the fear of ‘using up’ all your talent, other disabling myths about writerhood and the writer’s ideal superpower.
‘Many, many ideas die a quiet death; they weren’t strong enough or they’ve been done before. But some stick. ‘