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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NaNoWriMo: Day 7 – Progress report

One week in to NaNoWriMo and the blank-screen method is still working for me! 11,949 words so far, a whisker over my 11,669 word target. 38,051 words to go.

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NaNoWriMo: Day 1 – The blank screen

I’ve read about writers who just sit down and start writing, so I thought that’s what I’d try for NaNoWriMo. Although you’re allowed to research and prepare beforehand, I’ve done…

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Writers at work: E. L. Doctorow

INTERVIEWER Do you have any idea how a project is going to end? . DOCTOROW Not at that point, no. It’s not a terribly rational way to work. It’s hard…

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Quote: Don Marquis

If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that’s read by persons who move their lips when they’re reading to themselves.  Don Marquis .

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