‘He told me he had reached chapter five and had just killed off one of his characters. He didn’t know the reason for this, or who had done the deed.’
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Faced with the perennial question for writers of ‘how do you come up with your plots?’ David Davies considers his own and others’ practice, and finds that it depends very much on the kind of writer you are, as to whether you spend months on research and planning before putting pen to paper, or rely on that moment of inspiration to set your story in motion.
‘I will edit and re-edit for a few hours and only then move on to the blank screen, the next section. I’m constantly re-writing.’
‘First I get the central character. Then two ideas I thought were completely separate suddenly collide, revealing themselves to be part of the same story.’