‘Magpie-like I collect these tantalising fragments. They stay with me, glittering at the edges of consciousness until I pick one out intending to polish it until it gleams.’
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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.
‘The first thirty percent of the story usually takes up about seventy percent of the time I will spend on the first draft in total. ‘
‘I used to plan. I don’t plan now. Preconceptions are mostly impediments. The point of the process is to let the thing be.’