‘Part of the reluctance to answer stems from the feeling that we are not only having to explain why we write, we’re also having to justify it.’
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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. ‘
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.
‘I write biography, social history and memoir and yet I have learned from them all; factual writing borrowing some of fiction’s clothes.’