‘You need chronic, spontaneous distractions, but only when you want to be distracted. Shopping for clothes works best, because it’s a kind of substitute research. ‘
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‘Mine feels like an ant hill in my brain. I tend to get it after finishing a book, when my mind is still overloaded. ‘
‘I do still write fiction, but it tips into life. I start with twists of yellow gold and before I know it I’m growing daffodils.’
Julia Copus shares her diary in ‘My Writing Week’, encompassing a glitzy awards night in the city, the challenge of everyday administrative distractions back at home, and the role of dogs – the ‘heartbeat at my feet’ – in the lives of writers.