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‘To write well it’s essential to know who you’re writing for; this is true for any writing genre, from children’s fiction to academic essays. ‘
‘First I get the central character. Then two ideas I thought were completely separate suddenly collide, revealing themselves to be part of the same story.’
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.