‘It’s good, he said, but you can still cut it. He was right. It turns out you can always lose ten percent of the words. Always.’
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‘It is very simple. One might say it is the science of the bleeding obvious, but it is not always easy to do. Finish it.’
‘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. ‘
Elanor Dymott speaks with Robin Blake about storytelling’s essential role in the British legal system, migrating from law journalism to fiction, and the childhood origins of an unsettling recurrent theme in her writing.