‘The written word is not like a conversation. There is a time gap between the stimulus and the response. I need that time, to consider what I think, and compose what I say. So I write and rewrite.’
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‘I’m suspicious of writing straight to screen. The words seem flat, floating off into an insubstantial medium. ‘
‘We’re all supposed to be so mature about feedback, aren’t we? Some of us can fake a gracious response, but don’t be fooled. ‘