Working with Resistance

I’m feeling grim today: sore throat, headache, cold coming.  It would be the easiest thing in the world to crawl back under the duvet (and I wouldn’t rule that out), but I’m going to stay sitting at my desk trying to write.  Not just because...
In the Beginning…

In the Beginning…

Dawn, up early and no one else about, so time to look and think, both critical occupations for a writer, though to the outside observer it might seem as if you’re simply idling. But stood idling long enough to see the day  lose its first intensity as the sun...
Taking the Fifth Amendment

Taking the Fifth Amendment

If somebody asks you what you are writing about, don’t answer.  It’s a question I go into contortions to avoid.  Change the subject, take the fifth, do what ever is necessary in order to keep schtum.  Even close the door in your questioner’s...
Memory and Imagination

Memory and Imagination

I’ve just got back from Burgundy — time travelling through ancient villages – where I’ve been checking a few details for the novel that I’m writing the moment, which is set on the Nivernais canal. There were doors to die for on every...