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‘I can usually hold the first few words or line for an hour or two, but that’s all. Although I can practice writing I have to be ready and prepared.’
‘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.’
‘For prose I need my fingers moving on a keyboard or a page; poetry tends to come to me out loud (I live alone fortunately).’