‘Then in the medium-sized yellow notebook, I write who am I today. This morning I was Mighty Mouse. Tomorrow I may be a bag of nails.’
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Like many young writers, Lizzie Nunnery resisted the idea that literary inspiration needed to be subjected to editing and revision. But then she came to see these as an organic, and essential, part of the writing process.
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.
‘If I move to my laptop too soon I find it cuts off experiment and somehow ‘sets’ the poem in a way that makes if harder to make fundamental changes.’