‘For me a thought is just as important as voice, style, idiom or sensuous immediacy. It’s the development of thought that holds my attention.’
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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.
‘I can usually hold the first few words or line for an hour or two, but that’s all. Although I can practice writing I have to be ready and prepared.’
‘Writers in my two groups have have won prizes and published extensively, but what is infinitely engaging is leaning in to listen to someone reading.’