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‘I came to understand that bad words were only the beginning of the writing process. Brilliance lay not in writing perfectly first time round but in having the patience and skill to rework. ‘
‘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.