‘I was always amazed at my mate Nigel who, after we’d spent an evening “relaxing” (in the accustomed undergraduate manner) would announce just as I was leaving, that he was now going to tackle an essay assignment. Not me. I’d tackle it in the clear light of dawn.’
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‘As long as I make the first target by the end of the day I don’t feel disgusted. Ideally I’ll leave a few frayed edges of writing from which to continue.’
Like many young writers, Lizzie Nunnery resisted the idea that literary inspiration needed to be subjected to editing and revision. But then she came to see these as an organic, and essential, part of the writing process.