Writers at work: Haruki Murakami

INTERVIEWER How is your typical workday structured? MURAKAMI When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at four a.m. and work for five to six hours. In…

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Quote: P D James

Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell. P D James .

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NaNoWriMo: +16 – The real finish line

As I mentioned last month, I only managed 50,503 words in November. That was enough to “win” NaNoWriMo, but it was only about two-thirds of the novel that began to…

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Pay the writer!

Harlan Ellison at full force. 2:02: They always want the writer to work for nothing, and the problem is that there’s so god damn many writers who have no idea…

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Quotes: Geoff Dyer

I think [writing] should be done only in private, like any other lavatorial activity. Geoff Dyer .

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NaNoWriMo: Day 30 – The finish line

I made it! As you can see from the glorious graphic, I’m officially a NaNoWriMo “winner” – along with 42,008 other winners who took part this year. How does it…

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Great Writing: Charles Dickens

Mr and Mrs Veneering were brand-new people in a brand-new house in a brand-new quarter of London. Everything about the Veneerings was spick and span new. All their furniture was…

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NaNoWriMo: Day 23 – Progress report

Barring major accident or illness, I’m pretty confident about completing NaNoWriMo now. But not the novel! It feels like I’m only halfway through that so I’m seriously considering continuing this…

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NaNoWriMo: Day 15 – Past the halfway point

The novel’s still ticking along nicely. Each day, with no planning at all, more of the plot and characters emerge. It’s actually fun! But I’m being careful to avoid going…

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Quote: Helen Simpson

The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-it on the wall in front of my desk saying “Faire et se taire” (Flaubert), which I translate for myself as…

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