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‘My story mind seems to work most naturally at novel scale, but the problem with novels is that scale. Writing them is being like Michelangelo.’
‘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. ‘