‘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. I usually start writing as soon as I am happy with my plan.’
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‘I came to understand that bad words were only the beginning of the writing process. Brilliance lay not in writing perfectly first time round but in having the patience and skill to rework. ‘
‘Reading as a writer and not just as a reader is a different experience, both richer and less carefree; instead of simply enjoying the ride now you are paying attention to the mechanism that makes it possible’
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.