- Sometimes I get an idea for a story and I think it’s the best idea ever. Then the path forks. If I start writing immediately, the enthusiasm for the idea buoys me for the first 1,000 words or so. If I write down the bones of the idea then leave it for a couple of days, I generally start to doubt the quality of the story idea. Sometimes I decide not to write it at all.
- The ideas which are the most emotionally connected to me – the stories loosely based on my own experiences and feelings – tend to be the least successful stories. It’s almost as if I can’t extricate myself enough to apply the devices which are necessary to make the piece work well.
- My first draft is often twice as long as the final piece. It’s a monstrosity which should be locked in the basement, like one of the characters in a Lesley Glaister novel.
- A friend of mine is so good at suggesting little tweaks and edits for my drafts to polish them up. I’m terrified that I won’t be able to write well without him.