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‘”Murder your darlings” doesn’t come from a Calvinist idea that anything that gives pleasure must be sinful; it’s about forcing yourself to act on the little voice that goes on saying that a piece of writing isn’t working.’
‘Writing fiction belongs more to the sleeping, than the waking world, so I try not to surrender myself to the day until I am finished.’
‘If I am right at the beginning of a novel I will have written down an idea that came to me on the train, or in the night, or whilst out on a run, and I might need it now.’