Over at The Wheeler Centre …

wheeler… I talk about working with words.

What’s the best (or worst) advice you’ve received about writing?

‘Write every day’. It’s a bit of advice about building a habit of writing, but it doesn’t always work because some days you are just empty creatively. Trying to write then is like grinding gears with no oil in the reserve. You need sometimes just to not write, but to go off and refill the well ? not keep pushing stuff out, but pull it in ? the stuff that inspires you, makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you think. Like binge-watching Midnight Sun or The Expanse, or sitting down with a book and not doing anything for a day but reading, or going for walks or lying in the pool for a few hours. Sometimes there’s action in that which appears actionless.

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